Sex, Guns and Driving: Considerations in Dementia Care

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Originally presented on October 17, 2019


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.

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.



Sex, Guns and Driving Considerations in Dementia Care


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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

Learning Outcome and Objectives

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. 

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 people living with dementia for driving 
  • Explain issues specific to sexuality for persons living with dementia
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Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credits expired for this program on October 31, 2022. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses helps us to plan future programs.