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Recognizing Medical Conditions that Mimic Dementia

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.00
    • CNE: 1.00
    • Other: 1.00
    • UKCSW: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jul 21, 2017
  • Expires: Jul 24, 2023
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
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Gregory A.  Jicha Gregory A. Jicha, MD, PhD
Professor, Neurology
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

Many healthcare providers equate dementia with Alzheimer’s disease. Few understand or diagnose across the full spectrum of causes for the appearance of a clinical dementia. In our studies, almost one-third of subjects with memory problems had an identifiable medical cause for dementia that was missed on routine medical examination by their primary medical team.
Pervasive dogma in the field suggests that such differentiation is not important for healthcare decisions. Furthermore, the focus of care is on the lack of cures for these conditions rather than on identifying treatable symptom complexes in many patients presenting with memory loss or other cognitive symptoms.

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Nursing Home Administrators, Home Health Providers, and other health care professionals.


Upon completion of this activity, you will be able to:
  • List at least three reversible medical conditions that could mimic the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Discuss the American Academy of Neurology practice parameters for recommended clinical tests and evaluations that should be completed in order to rule out reversible causes of the dementia
  • Recognize the unique clinical strategies in screening for cognitive impairment with special populations, such as persons with intellectual disabilities


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care

The University of Kentucky, College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

This educational activity is offered for a maximum of 1.00 ANCC contact hour.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) approves The University of Kentucky, College of Nursing (UKCON) as a provider as well. ANCC and KBN approval of a continuing nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program content nor commercial sponsors. The University of Kentucky does not approve commercial products. This educational activity is offered for a maximum of 1.2 KBN contact hours.

Provider #: 3-0008-01-18-649. In order to receive credit, participants complete this CNE activity and submit a credit application and evaluation form online. Certificates may be printed once the evaluation is completed.

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.

UKHealthCare CECentral certifies that this educational activity was designated for 1.00 hour of continuing education. This workshop is approved for continuing education by the Kentucky Board of Social Work (2014032).

Faculty Disclosure

Gregory Jicha, MD (planner and speaker) has relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as follows:
Lilly - Contract Research - Payment for Services - No conflicts to resolve
Esai - Contract Research - Payment for Services - No conflicts to resolve
Baxter - Contract Research - Payment for Services - No conflicts to resolve
Quintiles Medical Education - CME Speaker - Honorarium - No conflicts to resolve
Alltech - Contract Research - Payment for Services - No conflicts to resolve

Dr. Jicha intends to discuss the off-label use of a product.

No other planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


In collaboration with UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

Review Date

7/20/17 and 7/23/20