The Heart and Mind of Dementia Care

This session offers a review of the basic evaluation and work-up of complaints and cognitive impairment and outline the conditions and associated factors that can mimic or exacerbate impairment in elderly patients.  The benefits and limitation of FDA-approved medications and the barriers faced by patients and caregivers will also be discussed.


This activity will not include discussions of products or devices that are not currently approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the curriculum clearly indicates this fact.


Learners must register to participate in and receive credit for this online educational activity.  Read the target audience, learning objectives, and author disclosures.  Study the educational content online, answer the questions and complete the evaluation.  For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.


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The CAFP has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation of this continuing education program. Information regarding drugs (e.g., their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, and precautions) and drug delivery systems is subject to change, however, and the learner is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug or using the drug delivery systems.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for family medicine physicians and other primary care team members.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Improve confidence in effectively diagnosing and managing elder patients with dementia.
  • Simplify medication regimens to reduce or eliminate pharmaceuticals with anticholinergic, sedating, or other adverse effects that can worsen cognitive impairment in patients with dementia.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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Christopher Flores, MD headshot 


     Family Physician
     Assistant Clinical Faculty, Loma Linda School of Medicine
     Rancho Mirage, CA



Christopher Flores, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, in the Department of Family Medicine.  He is a board-certified Family Physician and he maintains a private practice in Rancho Mirage, California.  He is very active in medical education at multiple levels.  He works with medical students and residents in association with Loma Linda University, University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine, as well as the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP).  He also designs and creates medical education for practicing physicians as the Co-Chair of the CAFP Committee on Continuing Professional Development, and he develops Continuing Medical Education Programs in conjunction with the CAFP and other medical education providers across the country.

Dr. Flores leverages technology in his practice.  He was an early adopter of Electronic Health Records, secure password-protected and encrypted on-line email communications with patients, and frequent use of virtual office visits with his patients.  He is a member of the AAFP Telehealth Member Interest Group and has delivered presentations on Telemedicine and Telehealth over the past year.  He received the CAFP Foundation’s 2020 Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence award in July.


Chris Flores, MD declares that in the past 12 months neither he nor his partner/spouse have a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with one or more organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this continuing education activity.


The California Academy of Family Physicians' (CAFP) Committee on Continuing Professional Development is responsible for identification, management and resolution of conflict for any individual who may have the potential to influence content, who have served as faculty, or who may produce CME/CPD content for the CAFP.  Management/Resolution may include learner notification, peer review of content before presentation, requirement of EB-CME, changing topics, or even dismissing a potential planning or faculty member.

It is the policy of the CAFP to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all their continuing education activities. All individuals with potential conflicts are contacted by CAFP staff or CCPD members, and issues of conflict have been discussed, managed, and resolved.  All individuals with potential to influence the content of this program have submitted Conflict of Interest declarations that have been reviewed according to policy. All disclosures were made for work beginning January 1, 2020 and have been resubmitted and renewed annually.  CAFP reviewed conflict of interest statements for each individual with potential to influence content and everyone in a position to influence content stated that neither he/she and/or his/her spouse/partner had any relevant financial interests to disclose.


This Enduring Material activity, The Heart and Mind of Dementia, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 0.50 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins November 23, 2020. Term of approval is for one year from this date.

AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AAFP Prescribed
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