CE/CME for this course expires June 30, 2023. The course will no longer be available after July 31, 2023.

What You’ll Learn

  1. Describe the prevalence and burden of dementia on patients, families, and the health care system
  2. Recognize and anticipate the disease trajectory of dementia and its impact on prognosis and treatment
  3. Identify and address the sources of suffering for patients and families dealing with dementia
  4. Discuss the evidence-base related to artificial nutrition and hydration in dementia care

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)™
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • Case Management: 1.50 CE
  • Nursing: 1.25 CNE
  • Social Work: 1.50 CE (NYSED)
  • Social Work: 1.50 CE (NASW)

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Tools & Resources

The Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)

Stages of cognitive function for those suffering from a degenerative dementia such as Alzheimer's disease.

Functional Assessment Staging Tool - FAST scale.pdf

A tool to assess functional assessment.

Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale (PAINAD)

Tool to assess pain in cognitively impaired patients.

Fast Fact #84: Swallow Studies, Tube Feeding, and the Death Spiral

Approaches for addressing nutrition at the end of life

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.

Expert Taskforce Recommendations

Guidance on billing for care planning services for individuals who are cognitively impaired. Alzheimer’s Association, 2018.

Fact Sheet: Care Planning for People with Cognitive Impairment

Key statistics, and guidance on care planning including using billing codes for services provided to cognitively impaired patients. Alzheimer’s Association, February 2017.

Course References: Dementia

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.

Alliance to Improve Dementia Care: Resource Highlights

Alliance to Improve Dementia Care General Member meeting presentation and resource highlights.

Sean M. Marks, MD. Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin.

Brittany Chambers, MPH, MCHES. Associate Director of Education, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Brynne Hunter, MSIT. Education Technology Program Manager, Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Kathleen Unroe, MD, MHA. Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research; Investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.

Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF, CMD. Senior VP Advocacy and Public Policy, LeadingAge.

Karl Bezak, MD. Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC).*

Dara Duncan, RN. Hospice and Palliative Care Registered Nurse, Wiener Family Palliative Care Unit Mount Sinai Hospital.


Gabrielle Langmann, MD. Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Master’s of Science in Medical Education Candidate, University of Pittsburgh.*

David Rand DO, MPH. Palliative Care Fellow, Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine

*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 membership@capc.org. For questions about continuing education credits, contact 201-957-0077.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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