161580 - Recognising, Diagnosing and Managing Dementia in General Practice
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This interactive evidence-based ALM aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to allow them to more confidently assess a person presenting to them in general practice with possible dementia. Participants will learn a stepwise approach to taking a history, doing a focused examination and rational ordering of investigations. Strategies will be offered to allow participants to be able to develop an effective management plan for people living with dementia, with specific emphasis on goals of care at the different stages of the disease.Relevance to General Practice
There is an ageing population in Australia resulting in an increase in the prevalence of dementia1. The prevalence of dementia increases with age, from about 3.4% at 70-74 years to 20% at 85-89 years, and 40% at 95 years or over. As the Australian population ages, the number of people with dementia is estimated to rise from 200,000 (1% of Australians) in 2005, to 730,000 (2.8% of the projected population) by 20502.
Most people with dementia (84%) first report symptoms to their GP, but a delay between the appearance of symptoms and diagnosis of dementia is common. It is estimated that 50% of people with early dementia are not diagnosed when presenting to primary care 3.
Dementia is one of the most common conditions of older people who live in residential aged care, affecting about 30% of residents in low care and 60% in high care 4.
Currently dementia is the leading cause of death for women in Australia and the second leading cause of death overall 5.