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On-Demand Webinar Series:
Palliative Care in Dementia: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Behavioral Symptoms

Note: Institutional group rates are available upon request.

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Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Location: Online at

Speaker Name and Title:
Mara Lugassy, MD
Senior Hospice Physician
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Purpose: The purpose of this webinar is to enhance knowledge of the management of behavioral symptoms in dementia.


  1. Identify strategies for management of resistance to care in dementia
    1. Overview of behavioral symptoms in dementia and impact on patients and caregivers
    2. Assessment of contributing factors to resistance to care
    3. Developing care plan to minimize resistance to care
  2. Develop framework for evaluation and management of sleep disorders in dementia
    1. Assessment of sleep disorder
    2. Nonpharmacologic interventions
    3. Pharmacotherapy
  3. Describe an approach to assessment and management of sundowning in dementia
    1. Assessment for contributing factors
    2. Nonpharmacologic interventions
    3. Pharmacotherapy

Why Do I Need to Know This?
Patients with dementia frequently develop behavioral symptoms which both impact quality of life and place a burden of stress on patients, families, and caregivers alike. Ability to recognize and manage these symptoms is essential to providing effective care in the setting of advancing disease.

Target Audience: palliative care specialists, pain specialists, primary care providers, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses with a specialty in palliative care/hospice, social workers, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Successful completion of a posttest (70% for physicians, non-physicians, and nurses; 80% for NYS Social Workers)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Release Date: May 14, 2018

Expiration Date: June 15, 2019 (for physicians and non-physicians); February 14, 2021 (for nurses); January 31, 2022 (for NYS Social Workers)

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Requirements and Policies of the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) through the joint providership of MSSNY and the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. MSSNY is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Medical Society of the State of New York designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses:  MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0242.


Individual:  $25 (includes CME/CE certificate)

Mara Lugassy, MD, has no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Faculty and Planner, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA