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CPD module: dementia

This module reviews different types of dementia.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • the range of dementia conditions
  • how widespread dementia is
  • what differentiates dementia from delirium
  • risk factors associated with increased risk of developing dementia
  • some conditions which may sometimes be considered as ‘reversible dementia’
  • drugs which may cause cognitive impairment
  • types of brain protein of interest in dementia
  • debate about whether amyloid plaques and tau protein neurofibrillary tangles are a cause or an effect of Alzheimer’s disease
  • theories about the potential significance of amyloid beta 42 protein
  • differences in early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies
  • core drug treatment
  • other drug treatments for behavioural and other aspects of dementias

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