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Program Detail

Program Title

Virtual Meeting: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of Diagnosis and Management in LTC
Release Date: March-01-02
Credit Expiration Date: June-30-03


Jeanne Jackson, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Alzheimer’s Resource Center
Southington, CT

Lori Daiello, PharmD, BCPP
Geriatric Psychopharmacology Specialist
President, Pharmacotherapy Solutions
Orlando, FL

Dianne Torgersen, BSN, RNC
Director of the Dementia Unit
East Galbraith Healthcare Community
Cincinnati, OH

Credit Hours



Online Presentation

Program Description


Developed by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and originally presented as a live audioconference series, this on line program is designed to assist pharmacists in understanding and implementing cognitive, behavioral, and functional assessment in elderly persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It also reviews pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options for treatment.

Recognition and diagnosis of dementia requires a team approach in the LTC setting. Physicians can identify or rule out concomitant disorders. Pharmacists can identify patients at risk for drug-induced cognitive impairment, differentiate treatment modalities, and monitor for adverse effects and response to therapy. Nurses and CNAs bridge both fields in looking for dementia and its causes and can apply their skills in initial assessment through mental status and functional ability tests.

The faculty of this program are nationally recognized authorities on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We hope you will find their presentation helpful in the management of patients and residents with these debilitating conditions.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

This activity has been designed for consultant pharmacists and VA pharmacists who manage patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in long-term care settings.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this audioconference, the participant should be able to:

  1. Discuss the need for and implementation of methodical cognitive, behavioral, and functional assessment in the care and management of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients
  2. Describe and recognize the way that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can change the presentation of medical or psychiatric conditions

  3. Implement team interventions to optimally care for the AD and dementia patient
  4. Discuss the appropriate use of pharmacotherapy in this patient population
  5. Identify potential functional, behavioral and cost outcomes of appropriate treatment


Jeanne Jackson, MD, reports receiving consultant fees for participation in Speakers Bureaus for Pfizer Inc., Eli Lilly, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. She receives consulting fees for participation in advisory boards from Organon and Abbott Laboratories. In this program, she will be discussing off-label use of trazodone for insomnia and restlessness, and donepezil for moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease.

Lori Daiello, PharmD reports receiving consultant fees from Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca, and Abbott Laboratories; and speaker fees and honoraria from Eli Lilly and Company, Pfizer Inc, AstraZeneca, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc., Organon Inc., and Abbott Laboratories.

Ms. Torgersen reports no financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) discussed in this educational presentation or with commercial supporter(s) of this educational activity.

Credit Statements

This program (#203-000-02-197-HO1) was developed by the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) and is approved for 1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEU). ASCP is approved by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. Credit will be awarded upon submission of a completed program evaluation and a post-test with a passing grade of 70% or better.

Program Date: March, 2001. This program is valid through June 30, 2003.

Commercial Support Statements

This program was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, Inc and Eisai, Inc.


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The opinions expressed in this activity are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of their affiliated institutions, the publisher, ASCP, or Pfizer, Inc and Eisai, Inc. Any medications, or other diagnostic or treatment procedures discussed by the program speaker should not be utilized by clinicians without evaluation of their patients’ conditions and of possible contraindications or risks, and without a review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with the recommendations of other authorities.

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