Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center

University of Rhode Island

55 Lower College Road, Quinn Hall 100 Kingston, RI 02881


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Decision Making in Dementia: Understanding What Matters Most at All Stages of Health

Dementia is a progressive and life-limiting disease associated with complex and challenging needs. It can be difficult for healthcare professionals to speak with patients and residents who carry a primary diagnosis of dementia about their health care goals.  The purpose of the webinar is to enable the learner to recognize when these patients are approaching the end of life; to describe the advanced care planning continuum; to assist patients/families with decisions involved with the transition to palliative care and/or hospice services.  At the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of dementia as a terminal illness.
  • Define advance care planning for all stages of dementia.
  • Explain decision making support particularly for caregivers of patients with dementia.
  • Describe how to use quality of life and evidence to inform decision making.

Ana Tuya Fulton, MD, FACP
Rachel Roach, GNP

Continuing Education Credit/’Certificates of Completion’ are available free of charge* for those who: 1.) attend the entire session and 2.) complete and submit the required program evaluation and/or other required forms. Contact rigec@etal.uri.edu with any CE related questions.

  • Nursing: This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 1.0 Contact Hours.  Approval valid until February 15, 2019.
  • Social Work: This activity has been reviewed and approved as Continuing Education for Social Work for 1.0 contact hour (General) by the Rhode Island College, School of Social Work.
  • Pharmacy: The University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Participation and completion of online evaluations and self-assessment tools at the conclusion of the program are required to earn credit. This is a knowledge-based learning activity. This learning activity provides 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit. UAN 0060-9999-17-014-H04-P for the home study. Activity release date: March 8, 2017. Detailed instructions for completing a program evaluation and reporting CPE data can be obtained by emailing us at rigec@etal.uri.edu.
  • Medicine: Healthcentric Advisors, an accredited provider by the Massachusetts Medical Society has approved 1.0 continuing medical education for physicians.

Participate Now!
Register  here to access recording: Register for Recording
Complete and return your post survey here:  Program Evaluation Survey

Related Resources:
Conversation Starter Kit in Alzheimer’s Disease
Click Here to watch a video from the Social Care TV YouTube Channel looking at providing end of life care to people with dementia 


*This activity is supported through Grant #U1QHP28737 “Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program” awarded to RIGEC by the US Health Resources and Services Administration.  There is no commercial support associated with this CE activity.

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