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NHPCO Webinar - End-Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia Management

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

March 26, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

CE/CME Information

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Webinar Description

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias necessitate a unique approach based upon the natural history of the disease, symptom burden, and the dementia itself, especially dementia related agitation and aggression, and the related pharmacologic treatment. This Webinar will increase participants’ understanding of the evidence surrounding the natural history of the disease including clinical complications that support hospice appropriateness of dementia, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of dementia related behaviors, and the role of medications to treat dementia. After this Webinar, participants will be able to better apply evidence-based medicine to the care of dementia patients near the end of life.

Webinar Objectives

At the completion of this Webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify clinical choice points that indicate a poorer prognosis and hospice appropriateness in persons with dementia
  • Describe an approach to the assessment and management of dementia related behaviors
  • Discuss the burdens and benefits of dementia medications to incorporate rational utilization of these treatments


Joseph Shega, MD

Dr. Shega is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for VITAS Healthcare and is responsible for overseeing the regional medical directors as well as the director of physician services. For the past 15 years, Dr. Shega has devoted his career to improving the care of older adults at the end of life. Prior to joining VITAS, he was an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. In this role, he helped expand the palliative medicine program including accreditation of a fellowship program in hospice and palliative medicine, integration of palliative care into oncology, and further the understanding of pain assessment and management in persons with dementia.

In conjunction with his work at VITAS, Dr. Shega serves as the chair of the ethics committee for the American Geriatrics Society, co-managing editor of the Pain and Aging section for Pain Medicine and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Dr. Shega earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis University in Romeoville and his medical education from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Chicago in Illinois.

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.


Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: For participants* whose disciplines are other than nurse and physician, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form.

*including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, social workers, spiritual care givers, etc.

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