Alzheimer's 7: Questions and Answers - What Physicians Ask About Diagnosing and Treating Dementia


This activity consists of eight videos and is the seventh in a series of courses that seek to educate clinicians on standardized screening, evaluation, and disease management of Alzheimer's and related dementia. This course focuses on the common concerns and questions expressed by physicians about dementia and cognitive impairment. This course covers making the initial observation of cognitive decline and beginning a conversation with older adult patients, overcoming common barriers to making a definitive diagnosis of dementia, and managing the ongoing clinical needs of patients experiencing dementia.

Course ID #: TJE 221148.0 Issue Date: 9/1/2022 Expiration Date: 9/1/2025

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Review the warning signs of dementia with older adult patients.
  • Communicate with confidence when disclosing the diagnosis of dementia to patients.
  • Introduce the perspective of safety when discussing a patient’s driving with the patient and family.
  • Provide materials on available community resources at the disclosure appointment.
  • Explain to patients and care givers the benefits and potential side effects of cholinesterase inhibitors.
  • Share with patients and caregivers the typical behavioral symptoms associated with dementia.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity.


The information and guidelines contained in this activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. We recommend that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes and should be used as a reference guide only.

Course Developers

Michael Lobatz, MD, Co-Clinical Chair, Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Roundtable, Scripps Health
Daniel Sewell, Clinical Psychiatrist, Specialist in Geriatric Psychiatry, UC San Diego
Douglas Galasko, MD, Neurologist, UC San Diego
Steven Koh, MD, Geriatric Psychiatrist, UC San Diego
Barbara Mandel, MBA, Alzheimer's Project Facilitator, Champions for Health
Johanna Lackner, MPH, MSW, Senior Director, Continuing Professional Development, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical educational activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Joint Providership

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The Doctors Company and Champions for Health. The Doctors Company is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State.

Technical Requirements

The activity is best experienced using the most current browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer is not supported on this platform. All activities featuring audio must have a speaker. To view graphic images and references that appear in separate "pop-up" windows, JavaScript and session cookies must be enabled on your computer. Adobe Acrobat Reader may be required for certain activities.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the content of this course or The Alzheimer’s Project, contact Barbara Mandel,

If you have questions, contact or call 800. 421-2368.


Visit The Alzheimer's Project Resources associated with this program.