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Dementia Care 2016: Best Practices and New Resources

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Virden Retreat at the University of Delaware
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, Delaware 19958

Delaware is already home to 26,000 people with dementia and the aging of our population makes dementia care an increasingly important objective for health care providers.
Optimal care begins with accurate detection, evaluation, and differential diagnosis.

Patients, caregivers, and providers must then consider whether to use the medications approved for treating dementia’s cognitive symptoms. The non-cognitive behavioral symptoms such as agitation, aggression, anxiety, apathy, depression, and psychosis appear early in the course of dementia and their effective treatment can delay or prevent the need for more intensive and expensive care. Much of the emotional and financial burden of dementia care is shouldered by unpaid family caregivers, and their support is a key feature of effective dementia care.

Before reaching the terminal phase of illness, many important decisions need to be made including plans for end of life care. Advance directive documentation and use of the new DMOST form assist health care providers in discussing end of life care with patients and caregivers.

This course is intended for primary care and behavioral health clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists and social workers.


  • Diagnosis and Management of Neurocognitive Disorders in Older Adults.
  • Non-pharmacologic and Pharmacologic Approaches to the Assessment and Management of Non-cognitive Behavioral Symptoms in Patients with Dementia.
  • The Caregiver Burden: Resources to Support Patients and Families Coping with Dementia.
  • Update on Advance Care Planning: The New DMOST Legislation.


Cedric T. Barnes, D.O., Family Medicine, Southern Delaware Medical Group, Dover, Delaware
Jeffrey E. Hawtof, M.D., Beacon Family Practice, Millsboro, Delaware

There is no charge to attend.
Click here for more information and to register.

Questions: Contact Robin Pugh at

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