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The Docs Talk About Memory Loss: Is it Normal Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease?

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.75
    • CNE: 1.80
    • Other: 1.75
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jun 18, 2015
  • Expires: Jun 12, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)  45 Minutes
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Neelum T.  Aggarwal Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD
Associate Professor
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

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

The primary issues are recognizing the difference between changes in cognition that are part of normal aging and those that signal a more malignant process and a lack of familiarity with appropriate screening tools for identification of true memory problems.

Over the last 15 years, emerging data on pre-dementia forms of Alzheimer’s disease including preclinical/asymptomatic AD and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have taken center stage in the medical literature and related media exposure. Healthcare providers need to understand these concepts, the new DSM-V changes, the new NIA-AA diagnostic criteria, and how to apply these criteria to understand changes that are pathologic from those that represent normal healthy aging.

Target Audience

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


Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • List at least five early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Differentiate between normal age-related cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Discuss how evidence-based guidelines for AD diagnosis can be incorporated into clinical practice


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 University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center, Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center, and Alzheimer's Association. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 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
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care

IPE Competencies

  • Interprofessional Communication

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 1.80 ANCC contact hours.

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 2.16 KBN contact hours.

Provider #: 3-0008-01-18-688. 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 1.75 hours of participation.

Faculty Disclosure

Gregory A. Jicha, MD (speaker and planner) has relevant financial relationships with commercial interests as follows:
Eisai - Contract research - Payment for services
Eli Lilly - Contract research - Payment for services
Toyoma - Contract research - Payment for services

No other speakers or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky, Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center, Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center, and Alzheimer's Association.

In collaboration with UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

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