JAAPA CME Post-Test December 2018
Diverting Dementia: Reducing the Risk of Cognitive Loss | Primary Care for Survivors of Colorectal Cancer
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Diverting Dementia: Reducing the Risk of Cognitive Loss

Tamara S. Ritsema, MPH, MMSc, PA-C

As the population ages, more adults in the United States are living with dementia. Younger family members often are concerned that they too may develop dementia, but the general public is largely unaware that strategies exist to slow or delay onset of dementia. In fact, by implementing a number of healthful strategies throughout their lifespans, patients may be able to reduce the likelihood of developing dementia or at least delay its onset. These strategies include eating a high-quality diet; keeping physically, socially, and intellectually active; preventing or treating hearing loss; avoiding obesity, hypertension, and diabetes; and avoiding or stopping tobacco smoking. This activity reviews the recent scientific literature for dementia risk-reduction strategies and offers suggestions to healthcare professionals who wish to help their patients stave off cognitive loss.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • List the preventive strategies that have been shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia and those that have a limited role or no role in this process.
  • Compare and contrast the childhood and adult modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for the development of dementia.

Primary Care for Survivors of Colorectal Cancer

Patricia Lucente, MS, PA-C

Colorectal cancer survivorship has risen in recent years because of earlier detection and advances in treatment. Primary care providers (PCPs) may see more of these patients in their daily practices. This article discusses some of the most common issues patients face after completing treatment for colorectal cancer and describes how PCPs can help.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ideal transition for a patient who has survived colorectal cancer from the oncology specialist back to the PCP and outline methods of surveillance of cancer recurrence that should be monitored by the PCP.
  • List the common treatment strategies used in patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer and describe their respective adverse reaction profiles and how best to manage these.

Accreditation Statement


This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.0 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid through December 31, 2019. 

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of AAPA to require the disclosure of the existence of any significant financial interest or any other relationship a faculty member has with the commercial interest of any commercial product discussed in an educational presentation. The participating faculty reported the following:

Tamara S. Ritsema is an assistant professor in the PA program at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C. Patricia Lucente practices gastrointestinal medical oncology at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz.The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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Type:     Journal-based CME
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