What You’ll Learn

Learn how to facilitate future planning discussions with people living with dementia, and their caregivers, including evaluating decision-making capacity, appointing a health care proxy, and preparing for financial, legal, and other impacts of dementia.

Learning outcomes for this course include:

  1. Describe the importance of decision-making capacity in people living with dementia.
  2. Discuss the evaluation of decision-making capacity in people living with dementia.
  3. Describe six essential issues within future planning discussions following a diagnosis of dementia.

What You’ll Earn

Only CAPC members who are logged in can earn the following free Continuing Education Credits:

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Case Management: 1.00 CE
  • Nursing: 1.00 CNE
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)

Social work credits are approved by the New York State Education Department. Social workers licensed outside of New York should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

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Tools & Resources

Course 4 Key Takeaways: Planning for the Future After a Dementia Diagnosis

Key Takeaways for Course 4 of the Best Practices in Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Unit.

Dementia Care Resources for Caregivers

Print or email this handout of caregiver resources for education and support.

Course References: Planning for the Future After a Dementia Diagnosis

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2024.

Community Resource Finder

Search tool from Alzheimer's Association and AARP for help locating community-based services.


Social services locator by zip code connecting people to meal delivery, housing, transit, health care, and more.

Eldercare Locator

Community resource locator by the U.S. Administration on Aging.

PREPARE for your care

Easy-to-read advance directives, including living wills.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

Medical orders limited to use among seriously ill adults that indicate specific preferences for life-sustaining treatment.

A Decision Aid about Goals of Care for Patients with Dementia

A video-decision aid for goal setting with family/caregivers of people with advanced dementia.

Financial and Legal Planning for Caregivers

Resources from the Alzheimer's Association.

Genworth: Cost of Care

Calculator to estimate costs of long-term care facilities in your area.

Safe Older Drives Mobile App

Developed by AGS and the US Department of Transportation to help healthcare providers enhance driving safety.

The Impact of Music and Memory on Resident Level Outcomes in California Nursing Homes

A journal article about a study of the effects of a nonpharmacologic intervention, Music and Memory (M&M), on residents with dementia and/or behavioral problems living in nursing homes.

Implementing Best Practices in Dementia Care

Training clinicians to support people with dementia and their caregivers, and guidance for quality improvement initiatives.

Dave Carper, MDiv, BCC. Counseling Resource Officer, Bluegrass Care Navigators

Constance Dahlin, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN. Consultant, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Maribeth Gallagher, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FAAN. Dementia Program Director, Hospice of the Valley

Macie P. Smith, Ed.D, LBSW, SW-G. Diversified Training Consultants Group

Eric Widera, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Margaret Colbert, LMSW, Inpatient Social Worker, Mount Sinai West

Kesha Graham, LISW-CP, ACM-SW. Palliative Care Clinical Social Worker, Medical University of South Carolina

Sherika Newman, DO. Founding CEO, Doctor in the Family, LLC*

Caroline Taverna, LMSW, Palliative Care Social Work Fellow, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer

Contact information: For answers to frequently asked questions about CAPC courses, read the Online Course FAQ. For technical questions about course activity, email [email protected]. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Relieving Distress in People Living With Dementia and Their Caregivers

Course 1 of 8

Gain an overview of the experience of living with dementia and learn how to relieve distress for patients with dementia, and their caregivers.

Discussing a Diagnosis of Dementia With Your Patient

Course 2 of 8

Learn how to discuss a dementia diagnosis with patients and caregivers in a way that is sensitive, clear, and supportive.

Communicating What to Expect Throughout the Trajectory of Dementia

Course 3 of 8

Learn techniques for supportive communication with people living with dementia, and their caregivers, to help them prepare for the challenges they may face as dementia progresses.

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