Dementia Reconsidered, Using Medications Wisely

Dementia Reconsidered, Using Medications Wisely, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7 from 10am – 12pm Click here for the Flyer.  This session of Dementia Reconsidered will be presented by Susan Wehry, MD with special guest Sydney P. Springer, PharmD, MS, BCPS, BCGP.

The recommended audience for this training includes:

  • Health professionals involved in the care of persons living with dementia (including Physicians, NPs, Pharmacists and health professionals working in long term care)
  • And, people living with dementia and those who love and care for them.

In this session of Dementia Reconsidered, Dr. Wehry will review current pharmacologic approaches to the care of persons with dementia, with a special focus on the use and misuse of antipsychotic medications. The session will include a review of successful non-pharmacologic approaches to distress-signal behaviors and a discussion of why reducing antipsychotic prescribing to people with dementia remains so important. Deprescribing protocols will be made available.

What people can expect to learn:

  • The differences between drugs used in dementia to treat cognitive symptoms like memory loss and associated symptoms like depression, anxiety and distressing behaviors and the potential risks and benefits of each.
  • Alternatives to medication use to address the distress often experienced by people living with dementia, at home, in congregate living or in nursing homes.
  • Prescribers in particular will learn ways to address family and staff concerns about gradual dose reduction.

The deadline to register has been extended to April 5.  Click Here to Register

The meeting invite and materials will be sent prior to the training.