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Long-term Care of People with Dementia course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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This session looks at the broader aspects of providing long term care for people with dementia, including issues concerning non-cognitive symptoms, how people with dementia may also develop problems with swallowing and end of life care.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and Sarah Jane Smith and last updated in April 2020.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Recognise and address non-cognitive aspects to dementia
  • Understand the causes of swallowing problems in dementia and be aware of management issues
  • Be aware of both pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of the non-cognitive aspects to dementia
  • Describe the issues particular to dementia in end of life care and some of the issues relating to carers of people with dementia

As dementia progresses, problems other than cognition may manifest themselves and are often termed ‘non-cognitive symptoms’. It is important to understand the underlying causes of these symptoms in order to provide appropriate pharmacological or non-pharmacological treatment for these symptoms.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should complete sessions:

  • Detecting Dementia in Primary Care (400-0117)
  • Assessing Mental Capacity in Older People (783-002)
Instructors / Speakers
Emma Vardy,
Clinical lecturer

Dr Emma Vardy is an NIHR clinical lecturer in elderly medicine working in the North West of England.

She has trained as a registrar in elderly medicine and completed a PhD on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease.

Her current role enables her to combine completion of her training in elderly medicine, experience in the diagnosis of dementia (working on the cerebral function unit at Salford Royal hospital) and continuation of her research interest in dementia.

Louise Robinson,
GP and Professor

Louise Robinson is a GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University. Her research programme is centred on Primary Care: Ageing and Older People’s Wellbeing, especially those living with dementia.

Louise is currently the Royal College of General Practitioners National Clinical Champion for Ageing and Older People and also leads the Primary Care Clinical Studies Group of the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN).

She has published over 50 peer reviewed articles and co-authored the chapter on mental health for older people in primary care for the Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry.

Long-term Care of People with Dementia course for GPs
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