Pharmacist and patient

Caregiver and Patient Health in Alzheimer's Disease Policy and Systems Change

Originally presented on February 20, 2020

David Hoffman, DPS, CCE

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Ethics and Health Policy, Maria College
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Policy Management and Behavior, University at Albany School of Public Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College Alden March Bioethics Institute

The population of people identified with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia is rapidly growing, as is the need for caregivers to support them. The burden of caregiving can exacerbate health challenges caregivers will normally face, particularly as the disease in those they care for decline and needs increase. In this webcast, viewers will receive information on maintaining the health of those with dementia and their caregivers and on the policies and systems that necessary to support this care, including the value of early diagnosis, activities for maintaining good health, and supports for caregivers. In order to ensure that providers in clinical, community and religious institutions understand the needs in this burgeoning epidemic of Alzheimers Disease, the discussion will focus on the  imperative to “create policies and systems that enable caregivers to perform their duties without compromising their own health and economic well-being”(Hoffman, Aging Science & Mental Health Studies, Aug 2019).

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in their approach to patients and caregivers as well as incorporating the knowledge gained, resulting in new procedures or amended protocols.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the implications of caring for patients with dementia and caregivers on the health care system
  • Describe opportunities for public health actions at local, state and national levels
  • Identify strategies for supporting patients and caregivers to positively impact their health and well being
  • State key policies that promote supportive communities and workplaces for people with dementia and their caregivers

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, care coordinators, community health workers and certified public health workers.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

None of the planners, or content reviewers have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until February 28, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2023.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2023.

Social Work

University at Albany, School of Social Welfare, Social Work Continuing Education Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Workers as an approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Social Workers - #0011 This offering is approved for 1 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until February 28, 2023.