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Alzheimer's Disease and the Importance of Accurate Death Reporting

Originally presented on October 18, 2018

Jessica Zwerling, MD, MS
Director, Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD)
Associate Professor of Neurology
Program Director, UCNS Geriatric Neurology Fellowship
Director, Memory Disorders Center at Blondell
Associate Director, Center for the Aging Brain
Clinical Director, Einstein Aging Study

It is estimated that as many as 50 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia (ADRD) do not receive a formal diagnosis. In addition, when a diagnosis is received, it is often after the dementia has progressed significantly. Many of the signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with Neurodegenerative disease are unrecognized or misinterpreted and require an improved understanding of differential diagnostic strategies. Care of the patient with dementia is often complicated by chronic diseases that impact the prognosis and contribute to the underlying cause of death. This webcast will provide an overview of the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease, including the disparities in diagnosis and treatment, the importance of early diagnosis, and the problem of underreporting of deaths related to Alzheimer’s Disease.  

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), including disparities in diagnosis and treatment, the importance of early diagnosis and problems of underreporting of deaths related to AD.

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

  • Describe the public health crisis related to Alzheimer’s-type dementia, including disparities in its diagnosis and treatment.  
  • Recognize the importance of an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to allow for improved disease management and/or appropriate referral.
  • Discuss the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD).
  • Discuss the accuracy of death certificates in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department and community health workers, social workers and others that work with families and patients on advance planning.

CE credits expired for this activity on 10/31/2021.