Description

Persons with dementia frequently exhibit behavioral manifestations which in serious illness may represent delirium, terminal restlessness, and/or dementia-related agitation. Participants will explore the evidence base surrounding the incidence, contributors, and related behaviors, for each and learn about effective non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management approaches with an emphasis on dementia-related agitation. Case-based scenarios incorporate a pragmatic approach to reiterate key points.

Learning Outcomes

      • Differentiate among delirium, terminal restlessness, and dementia-related agitation and aggression
      • Identify and treat contributors to behaviors in dementia
      • Implement effective non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management approaches to behaviors in dementia

Faculty

Joseph Shega, MD

Dr. Shega is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for VITAS Healthcare and is responsible for the oversight of the regional medical directors, the director of physician services and overall medical direction at VITAS programs in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining VITAS, he was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. In that role, he helped expand the palliative medicine program including accreditation of a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine, integration of palliative care into oncology, and further the understanding of pain assessment and management in persons with dementia.

In conjunction with his work at VITAS, Dr. Shega serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the American Geriatrics Society, co-managing editor of the Pain and Aging section for Pain Medicine and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dr. Shega earned a bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Romeoville and a degree in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Chicago. He currently holds an appointment of associate professor of medicine at the University of Central Florida.

CE/CME Information

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.

Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.