Teaching Case Studies: Managing Aberrant Behavior In Patients With Dementia
Title: Patients with Dementia are Easy Victims to Predators
Goals and Objectives
This activity is intended for health care providers, family, and/or caregivers who provide care for patients with dementia.
Patients with dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease and particularly those in early stages, are susceptible to become victims of predators: Their agnosia prevents them from detecting and accurately interpreting subtle signals that otherwise would have alerted them that they are about to fall for a scam. Furthermore, their judgment is impaired very early in the disease process, often before other symptoms manifest themselves and usually before a diagnosis is made. Patients with early stages of dementia are therefore prime targets for unscrupulous predators, and it behooves caregivers and health care professionals to ensure the integrity of these patients. In this case study, we discuss how a man with mild Alzheimer’s disease was about to fall for a scam were it not for his vigilant wife. We discuss what went wrong in the patient/caregiver interaction and how the catastrophic ending could have been avoided or averted. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:
- Apply the material addressed in the scenario when advising caregivers seeking help with similar situations.
- Provide advice to caregivers about how to avoid aberrant behaviors from developing, escalating, and erupting, along with steps that can be taken to prevent it from occurring.
Before beginning this CME activity, you must review the article in its entirety, located here:
Patients with Dementia are Easy Victims to Predators
C. Hamdy, MD1 , J. V. Lewis, MD1 , A. Kinser, PhD1 , A. Depelteau, PhD1 , R. Copeland, MD1 , T. Kendall-Wilson, RN1,2 , and K. Whalen, BA1
1East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
2Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA
CME Release Date: May 7th, 2018
Content Reviewed: April 3, 2019
Valid for credit through: May 7th, 2020
Course type: Journal CME
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 Southern Medical Association and SAGE Publishing. Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
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