Dementia 1

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Welcome to this module on Management of Dementia in Primary Care. This module is the first (lessons 1-4) of aseries on Dementia. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in diagnosis and management of Dementia in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease , please see the link below.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland http://www.alzheimer.ie

Module Overview


External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


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This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons (Lessons 1-4). Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Supplementary lessons, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons.Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Atlantic Philanthropies & HSE, through the Elevator Project.


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The 4 lessons are as follows:
  • Lesson 1: Exploring Issues around Dementia in Ireland 
    This lesson outlines a symptom-based definition of dementia, highlights some epidemiological data, provides an overview of current & future challenges in dementia care, and considers the role of the GP. 
  • Lesson 2: Risk Factors for Development of Dementia
    This lesson presents an overview of the factors which increase the risk of developing dementia, and makes the case for risk reduction through addressing modifiable risk factors. 
  • Lesson 3: Timely Diagnosis of Dementia 
    This lesson highlights the importance of making a timely diagnosis, and outlines a step-wise process for recognition of an emerging dementia syndrome. 
  • Lesson 4: Disclosure 
    This lesson discusses difficulties around disclosure of dementia, and outlines some appropriate information which patients may need at that time.  


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Clinician Resources
  • Dementia: Diagnosis in General Practice (2014), ICGP QIP [ link ]
  • Key Messages about Dementia, Alzheimer's Society [ link ]
  • Mild Neurocognitive Disorder, DSM5 [ link ]
  • World Alzheimer Report 2014 - Dementia and Risk Reduction: An Analysis of Protective & Modifiable Factors [ link ]
  • Factsheet: Genetics of Dementia, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Benefits of Timely Dementia Diagnosis - A report for consideration in primary care, Dementia Action Alliance, UK [ link ]
  • World Alzheimer Report 2011 - The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention [ link ]
  • Cognitive Assessment Toolkit, Alzheimer's Association [ link ]
  • Helping you to assess cognition: A practical toolkit for clinicians, Alzheimer's Society, UK [ link ]
  • Memory Clinics in Ireland, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Disclosure, Alzheimer's Association [ link ]
  • Factsheet: How the GP can support a person with dementia, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Dementia: the view from primary care, NHS [ link ]
  • Dementia Information Prescription, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • World Alzheimer Report 2012 - Overcoming the stigma of dementia [ link ]
  • Creating Excellence in Dementia Care, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Specialist Care Units for People with Dementia in Ireland: A Guide for Family Caregivers and Health Service Professionals, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Dementia: Ethical Issues (UK) [ link ]
  • Supporting Persons with Intellectual Disability & Dememtia: Quality Dementia Care Standards, TCD [ link ]
  • Management of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, National Resource Centre for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD), US [ link ]
  • Challenging Behaviours, Alzheimer's Association [ link ]
  • Antipsychotic Prescribing for Dementia Patients, Forum 2012 [ link ]
  • Medical Fitness to Drive, RSA [ link ]
Patient & Carer Resources
  • Factsheet: What is Alzheimer's Disease?, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: What is Vascular Dementia?, Alzheimer's Society(UK) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: What is Dementia with Lewy Bodies?, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: What is Feontotemporal Dementia?, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: Rarer Causes of Dementia, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Practical Tips for Coping with Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Society [ link ]
  • Coping with the Early Stages of Dementia, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Who's Who in Dementia Care?, Alzheimer's Society [ link ]
  • Living in a Nursing Home: Quality of Life - The Priorities of Older People with a Cognitive Impairment [ link ]
Carer Resources
  • Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: A Practical Guide to Daily Living for Family Caregivers, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Factsheet: Carers: looking after yourself, Alzheimer's Society (UK) [ link ]
  • Finding a Suitable Nursing Home, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
  • Life for Caregivers after Placing a Relative with Dementia in a Nursing Home, Dementia Services Information & Development Centre (DSIDC) [ link ]
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