About this presentation

As new imaging techniques and drug treatments continue to emerge for various types of dementia, early detection of cognitive impairment is more important than ever. Early intervention can add years to a person’s life or prevent more serious medical episodes entirely. As the U.S. population continues to get older on average, it is more likely that psychologists will make contact with older adults who may be showing signs of cognitive impairment. Furthermore, racial disparities exist in terms of the care that clients of color receive.

This presentation will help clinicians become more familiar with the symptoms and screening of dementia processes, as well as interventions and referrals to other professionals.

What you'll learn

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees should be able to name the four major types of dementia and their characteristics. They should also know the main types of diagnostic screeners and relevant referrals and treatments that can be made. Finally, they should also be aware of cultural disparities in the field of dementia diagnosis and the ways in which those disparities can be remedied.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the four major types of dementia and their clinical characteristics.
  • Describe at least two warning signs of dementia and the relevant screening instruments and subsequent referrals.
  • Describe the racial and ethnic disparities in dementia detection and treatment, and the ways in which these can be remedied.

About your teachers

Nicholas Schollars, PsyD received his doctorate at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Hecompleted an APA accredited internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. He hascompleted extra coursework in Behavioral & Cognitive Neurology, as well as Clinical Neuroanatomy,with the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He has years of experience providing cognitiveassessments for children and adults. He currently provides cognitive assessments at the Utah Centerfor Evidence Based Treatment.

CE Approval

UCEBT is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCEBT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Additionally, this presentation is approved for ethics homestudy CE credit through NASW-UT, UAMFT, and UMHCA.

Program Notices

This program discusses the screening of dementia for the purpose of continuation of care.Misapplication of this program’s materials could result in misdiagnosis and other negative outcomes for clients, as well as increased liability for clinicians.

Conflicts of Interest: None.

Commercial Support: None.


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