18164- Dementia Management Attestation


This project is part of a statewide effort among members of the Wisconsin Geriatric Education Center (WGEC) and 3 of its Partners: Aurora Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin – School of Medicine and Public Health. The WGEC also partners with the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The project is supported in part by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program award to the WGEC – Marquette University with a Subcontract to the Medical College of Wisconsin [HRSA Grant # U1QHP28712].


Why should you - as a Primary Care Physician or provider (PCP) - take the time to initiate conversations about caregivers’ needs and provide referrals for support for the caregivers of people 65 years and older diagnosed with dementia?

The caregiver’s quality of life is strongly associated with the quality of life of the person with dementia and vice versa. 1

Caregivers look to the dementia patient’s PCP for guidance.2

The PCP can improve the dementia patient’s outcomes AND quality of life by utilizing existing resources to support the caregiver.3


PURPOSE:  To expedite your ability as a PCP to efficiently and effectively provide evidence-based resources/referrals to support the well-being of caregivers for your patients > 65 years with diagnosed dementia.


HOW: Using a two-cycle PDSA approach you will be able to: (1) initiate discussions with the caregivers of your patients 65 years and older with diagnosed dementia about the importance of their well-being and (2) provide referral(s) to appropriate resources to support caregiver well-being.

Target Audience

Primary Care Providers

Learning Objectives

SPECIFIC GOAL: Improve care for your patients with dementia who are 65 years and older via brief discussions with their caregivers about the importance of caregiver well-being and referrals for support and services.



  1. Cite evidence that connects the well-being of the caregiver to the wellbeing of the elderly patient with dementia.
  2. Recognize the vital role of PCPs in supporting caregivers of elderly patients diagnosed with dementia.
  3. Educate and support caregivers with referrals to additional resources.
Additional information


Amanda Szymkowski
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-0728
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 30.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 30.00 MOC Part IV
    MOC Part IV credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
  • Edmund Duthie, MD – Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics/Gerontology), Chief Division of Geriatrics/Gerontology
  • Deborah Simpson, PhD – Medical Education Program Directo, Professor [Clinical Adjunct] Family Medicine at UWSMPH & MCW, Aurora UW Medical Group
  • Kathryn Denson, MD – Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics/Gerontology) - Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Steven Denson, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics/Gerontology) - Medical College of Wisconsin

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No one in control of content has any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV - ABMS

To obtain MOC Part IV credit, the practitioner is required to maintain an "active participation role" meaning the practitioner must:

  • Provide direct or consultative care to patients as part of the QI project.
  • Implement the project’s interventions (the changes designed to improve care) and reflect on the tools selected to see if they were the correct tools to make a change.
  • Collect, submit and review data in the project’s measurement plan with two linked cycles of data review.
  • Collaborate with others (at least two people) through active discussion of your learning.


ACCME Accreditation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

(The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this PI-CME for a maximum of 20 PI-CME Points and 20 MOC points for the American Board of Family Medicine and 30 Practice Assessment MOC Points for the American Board of Internal Medicine.)


AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this PI- CME for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 30.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 30.00 MOC Part IV
    MOC Part IV credit.