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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.

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 & Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

The planners, moderator, and presenters have disclosed no 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 October 31, 2021.

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 October 31, 2021.

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 October 31, 2021.

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 October 31, 2021.