Dementia and Behavioral Issues

Welcome to eighth chapter in the course "Team Based Palliative Care Essentials for Parkinson's Disease". 

This chapter discusses dementia and behavioral issues in people with Parkinson’s. The goals of this chapter are to understand the prevalence and impact of dementia on persons with PD and their families, lead important conversations including delivery of a dementia diagnosis, recognize and manage common safety issues in this population, assess the capacity of patients to make decisions, and manage common behavioral issues.

After completing this course, feel free to take a break and come back later or move to the next chapter. 




Introduction to Dementia and Behavioral Issues

Prevalence and Impact of Dementia

Leading Important Dementia Conversations

Screening for Safety Issues

Capacity and Guardianship

Managing Common Symptoms

Key Takeaways

Chapter Eight Quiz



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Benzi Kluger, MD, MS, FAAN

Benzi Kluger, MD, MS, FAAN is a professor of neurology and medicine, and Director of the Palliative Care Research Center and Neuropalliative Care Division at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. In addition to seeing patients in neurology supportive and palliative care clinics and via telemedicine, he directs an active research program working towards improving therapies for non-motor symptoms and improving standards of care for patients and caregivers through supportive and palliative care models. His research has been funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Davis Phinney Foundation and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Dr. Kluger completed his undergraduate degree in psychology, medical school and neurology residency at the University of Colorado, and fellowships in movement disorders and behavioral neurology at the University of Florida. He was a professor at the University of Colorado from 2008 to 2019, where he set up one of the first neuropalliative care programs in the US.

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Welcome to the eighth course in your Team-Based Palliative Care journey. This is course eight of ten. You can either register for this individual chapter, or for the entire Team-based Palliative Care Essentials course.

Once you register, you can enter this chapter, download the course materials, watch the educational videos, complete the quiz, and move to the next chapter.