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Optimizing Care in Transitions Throughout the Dementia Journey

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

The journey for most people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is characterized by transitions involving increasing levels of professional guidance and support, as well as transfers across care settings. This journey begins with recognizing symptoms and receiving a diagnosis, and ends with considering palliative or end-of-life care at home or in care facilities. Family members who take on the responsibility of caring for people with dementia accompany them through these transitions. This web seminar will present a typology of dementia transitions and summarize evidence about how well health and social care providers serve people with dementia and their family caregivers during transitions to achieve optimal health-related outcomes. Most evidence will come from the United States, but will include examples of promising dementia-care models from other countries. The presenter also will make recommendations for improving care for people with dementia as they experience transitions, based on his published review comparing national dementia strategies.          

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify important transitions in the dementia journey for older adults and their family caregivers;
  • Explain which transitions have received the most and least attention among researchers and care providers;
  • Understand enduring gaps in knowledge and care practices at transition points for people with dementia and family caregivers; and,
  • Formulate opportunities for partnerships between researchers and care providers to help improve dementia care at key transition points.


Richard Fortinsky is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Center on Aging, and has for more than 30 years conducted research in a wide range of scientific and clinical disciplines to help improve health outcomes and health and social services for older adults and their families. A major component of his research program has focused on improving care and outcomes for people with dementia and their family caregivers by partnering with community-based care providers.

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