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Dementia: A Comprehensive Update – Harvard Medical School

June 8, 2016 - June 11, 2016


The spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases spans from very mild cognitive impairment to frank dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia, is a devastating condition that affects patients and their whole family of caregivers at tremendous emotional as well as financial cost.

“Dementia: A Comprehensive Update” is a three-and-a-half day annual review course designed by clinicians for clinicians. The course is organized by Neurology faculty members of Harvard Medical School who specialize in the care of patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, McLean Hospital, and The Ray Dolby Brain Health Center (California Pacific Medical Center). The course takes a practical and multidisciplinary approach to understanding and treating dementia and is designed for neurologists, psychiatrists, internists, primary care physicians, geriatricians, psychologists, nurse specialists, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical pharmacists, research scientists, and other health professionals involved in the diagnosis, management, and investigation of disease states causing dementia. This cutting-edge course is in its 20th year, includes local, national and internationally renowned faculty, and attracts 300-400 participants from throughout the U.S. and the world.

The organization of the course takes an integrative approach by interweaving lectures establishing the neuroanatomical and cognitive framework underlying disorders of cognition, addressing specific diseases (e.g. AD, vascular cognitive impairment/dementia, Parkinsonian dementias, frontotemporal dementias), discussing the latest clinical and research approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of dementing illnesses, and providing, via the main program or optional fee-based programs, additional education on special topics in dementia (e.g. chronic traumatic encephalopathy; pain, palliation & hospice; medico-legal issues; capacity and competence; driving; nursing home care; delirium & dementia; interface of emotion, personality & behavior in dementia; in-home technologies to detect & monitor dementia; neuroethics of dementia; caregiving in dementia).

Target Audience

This course is targeted to Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse practitioners, Psychologists, Social Workers, Pharmacist, Researchers, Attorneys, Dementia Care Coordinators/specialists and Other Mental Health Professionals.



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