Sex, Guns, and Driving:
Considerations in
Dementia Care

Originally presented on October 17, 2019

Jessica Zwerling, MD, MS

Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for
Alzheimer's Disease

Andrea Sullivan, OT/L
Outpatient Occupational Therapy Supervisor
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital


It is estimated that as many as 50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD) never receive a formal diagnosis. Early in the disease process, changes in memory are most likely to raise concerns among family members, physicians and the impacted individuals themselves. Yet the onset of ADRD also impacts other cognitive skills. Changes in perception, judgement, organization and the ability to recognize cause and effect can lead to risky behaviors. With chronic medical conditions and co-morbidities abundant with this population, a multidisciplinary approach is crucial. All providers and support staff that provide care to persons living with disease and their caregivers should discuss and intervene in concerns that relate to safety and well-being. This webcast will discuss the important topics of sexuality, driving and gun safety and how health and social service providers can address these topics with people with ADRD and their caregivers.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on topics like sexual health, driving and gun safety with patients transitioning through the stages of cognitive decline.

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

  • Describe the cognitive changes that occur in dementia that impact personal and public safety;
  • Identify safety concerns that impact caregiver burden and stress;
  • Recognize the importance of screening persons living with dementia about driving; and
  • Explain issues specific to sexuality for persons living with dementia.

Target Audience
Public health professionals, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, local health department staff, social workers and others who work with families and patients with dementia.

You may obtain Continuing Education Credits after viewing the webcast either live or on demand. The link will be available the day of the live webcast.

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

Please note: CPHCE cannot recreate lost certificates. Carefully enter your e-mail address in the system to have your certificate sent to you.

Disclosure Statements

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not 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 October 31, 2022.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver 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, 2022.

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, 2022.

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, 2022.