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The dilemma of polypharmacy in Dementia

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St Francis Winery

14 Bridge St

Reynella, SA 5161

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The prevalence of dementia is raising as a result of an ageing population. Dementia is a common condition, on average, general practitioner in Australia will see three new cases each year. The general practitioner's role includes recognising early dementia, undertaking assessments to confirm the diagnosis and managing the disease. Prescribing for elderly patients with dementia can be challenging because of the changing needs associated with cognitive decline and related behavioural and psychological symptoms. Prescribing unnecessary or inappropriate medications in elderly patients with dementia may further contribute to their decline. Clinical decision-making regarding prescription medications for patients with dementia and with other co-existing health conditions need to balance the potential health benefits and risks.

Learning outcomes:

  • Discuss the diagnoses of dementia
  • Recognise the behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia
  • Identify the risks of polypharmacy in a patient with dementia
  • Compare pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for patients with dementia

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Dr Amalia Spiliopoulou

Consultant Physician Geriatrician, Flinders Medical Centre

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Pending approval for 4 points with RACGP and 2 points with ACCRM

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Dinner included with no cost to attend

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Reynella, SA 5161

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