As we see more patients with cognitive impairment, understanding the real-world care for this population is vital. This lecture will review the most efficient means of assessing cognitive impairment, examine common issues in caring for the older adult with cognitive impairment, and discuss pharmacologic/non-pharmacologic means of treating patients. Dr. Lindquist will also address updates on what medications are useless/useful and what testing should be avoided. 

Polypharmacy is common among older adults and associated with adverse outcomes. This case-based session will review how to avoid inappropriate prescribing, recognize adverse drug events, and identify opportunities to deprescribe. Dr. Bradley will review recent literature updates that inform our prescribing practices including the 2019 AGS Beers criteria. Tips to enhance safe medication use will be shared.

The updates will be followed by an “Ask the Expert” session with Drs. Lindquist and Bradley where they will review common questions and take questions from attendees. 

Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 10/15/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the most efficient and effective means of screening for cognitive impairment among older adults
  • Recognize what common issues occur in a patient with cognitive impairment and what can be achieved in the office setting
  • Describe polypharmacy and common adverse drug effects in older adults
  • Identify high risk medications, inappropriate prescribing, and opportunities to describe


Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor of Medicine
Section Chief of Geriatrics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Sara M. Bradley, MD, FACP

Associate Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics 
Chicago, IL



The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA: No relevant financial relationships disclosed.

Sara M. Bradley, MD, FACP: No relevant financial relationships disclosed.

Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP (Moderator): No relevant financial relationships disclosed.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME/CE Information

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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Pri-Med Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Accreditation Statement

Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider Number 040308.

Designation Statement

This program has been approved for 1.50 contact hours of continuing education, which includes 0.75 hours of pharmacology. 

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State License Requirements

This session is designed to satisfy the requirement of the Texas Board of Nursing for any nurse whose practice includes older adult or geriatric populations, to complete at least 2 contact hours of CNE relating to older adult or geriatric populations before the end of every licensing period. Please print/save this page as documentation of this approval. For more information, visit https://www.bon.texas.gov/education_continuing_education.asp#E


For other states, please check with your state licensing board for their specific requirements.

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