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Palliative Care and the Treatment of Dementias: A Case Presentation

Title: Palliative Care and the Treatment of Dementias: A Case Presentation with Stephen A. Leedy, MD, FAAHPM             

CE/CME Offered:

CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse, Physician, Social Worker

Member Price: $105.00
Non-Member Price: $210.00

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Length: 1.0 hours
This session was originally presented at NHPCO’s 2014 Virtual Conference ‘Hot Topics in Palliative Care’. Since January 1 of 2011, ten-thousand Baby Boomers a day have been turning 65 every day. This "Silver Tsunami" of 79 million aging Americans will continue until 2030. By then, 18% of the US population will be over age 65, an increase from 13% in 2010. With this sharp increase in the number of older Americans, we will see dramatically more patients with chronic debilitating illnesses, including dementia. The prevalence of Alzheimer's dementia in the US population is expected to triple by 2050. From 2000-2008, death rates for other major diseases - HIV, stroke, heart disease, prostate cancer, and breast cancer - declined, whereas death rates from Alzheimer's Disease increased 66%. Alzheimer's Disease is the only top 10 cause of death in America without a way to prevent, cure, or even slow its progression. Alzheimer's Disease has been called the "great health crisis of the 21st century". Palliative care will have much to offer these patients and families. Using a case-based approach, this session will explore the benefits of palliative care in supporting patients and families living with dementia.


  • Describe the impact of dementia upon American society in the next 20 years
  • Explain the value of palliative care in helping patients and families living with dementia
  • Articulate specific treatment strategies in the palliative management of dementia

Stephen A. Leedy, MD, FAAHPM

Dr. Leedy is Vice President of Operations at Seasons Healthcare Management, a national hospice and palliative care provider with 25 programs in 16 states. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and is the Immediate Past Chair of their national Public Policy Committee. Dr. Leedy is board certified in Family Medicine with subspecialty board certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. He has had original research articles published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. He has made numerous television and radio appearances, and recently hosted a year-long live monthly call-in television program in Sarasota, Florida, in which he answered callers' questions about hospice and palliative care.

Disclosure: Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty: Stephen A. Leedy, MD, FAAHPM, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Completion: In order to complete this online activity, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.
Release Date: November 19, 2015

Expiration Date:  

 November 19, 2018

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