Continuing Medical Education for

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Brief Program Description

PC DATA (Primary Care Dementia Assessment & Treatment Algorithm) is a set of algorithms designed to help clinicians better understand and apply Canadian Consensus Care Guidelines. The algorithms and accompanying slide decks and tools are the product of a CIHR grant lead by Dr. Dallas Seitz MD, PhD, FRCPC. Feedback from this project has lead to the creation of a web based educational platform that is being built to provide access to the content to all primary care providers.

These Self-Learning programs have been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1 Mainpro+ credits.

Learning Outcomes

Review the Canadian Consensus Conference Guidelines


Understand the process of dementia guideline adaptation and implementation for primary care setting in Canada.


Apply practical approaches to care for patients with dementia.


Module 1

Assessment of Cognition & Diagnosis

  • Review the risk factors and possible presentations of dementia in older adults.
  • Understand the recommended processes for family physicians to follow in the evaluation of individuals with suspected dementia.
  • Distinguish between dementia and other conditions which may present with cognitive changes in older adults.
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Module 2

Initial Management

  • Develop and approach to the disclosure of a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Understand the nonpharmacological management of early dementia including care partner supports.
  • Review the indications and potential side effects of medications approved for dementia (cholinesterase inhibitors, memantine).
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