Chronic Mental Illness and the Risk for Dementia

People with chronic mental illness who develop dementia need comprehensive, culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed management of both conditions. We will review schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and alcohol use disorder in older adults and how these chronic illnesses increase the risk of developing dementia. An overview will be provided on evaluations, treatments & medications, and important considerations, which enhance the lives of people affected by chronic mental illness and dementia

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss why people with chronic mental illness have an increased risk of developing dementia.
  • Identify challenges in diagnosing dementia in people with chronic mental illness.
  • Describe treatment options and important considerations in supporting people with chronic mental illness and dementia.

One (1) CE Credit Hour Offered: RCFE, ARF, CAMFT/BBS & BRN
Fee: None
Presenter: Dr. Art Walaszek