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Mild Cognitive Impairment: Diagnosis to Management

presented by Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, SLP

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Financial: Jeanette E. Benigas receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalty payments from Health Professions Press for the publication of the book Spaced Retrieval Step by Step: An Evidence-Based Memory Intervention.

Nonfinancial: Jeanette E. Benigas is a founding member of the SLP Data Initiative and is cohost for the Other SLPs’ Pockets podcast. She has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 53 Minutes

This comprehensive course addresses a critical practice gap by empowering clinicians to be at the forefront of recognizing and managing mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Clinicians often serve as the first point of contact for individuals exhibiting cognitive symptoms, but the challenge lies in the ability to identify and navigate the path forward. This course is designed to bridge this gap, providing practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose and manage MCI effectively. The goal of this course is to equip clinicians with a thorough understanding of mild cognitive impairment, from recognizing its signs and symptoms to navigating the diagnostic process and implementing effective management strategies. By the end of the course, participants will be well versed in distinguishing MCI from dementia, conducting a comprehensive differential diagnosis, and assuming a proactive role in the management of this condition. This course combines theoretical knowledge with practical insights, ensuring that clinicians leave with a comprehensive toolkit to identify, diagnose, and manage mild cognitive impairment effectively.

Meet Your Instructor

Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, SLP

Jeanette E. Benigas is the owner of Safe Swallowing Diagnostics, a mobile FEES company serving eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Her extensive clinical experience has included work with adults in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, home health, and outpatient settings. Benigas's research interests include improving the quality of life for persons with…

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1. What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

In this chapter, learners will hear about the early stages of memory loss and associated neurological changes, dispelling the misconception that it's a normal part of aging. The chapter covers the recognition of signs and symptoms and explores potential causes, risks, and preventive measures while emphasizing that independence can be maintained despite noticeable cognitive shifts.

2. Mild Cognitive Impairment vs. Dementia

In this chapter, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the potential progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to dementia. The content succintly provides a brief definition of dementia, incorporates revealing statistics regarding its progression, and meticulously outlines the key differences between MCI and dementia, offering a clear roadmap for recognizing and navigating the nuances between these cognitive states.

3. Differential Diagnosis

In this chapter, learners will walk through the diagnostic process for mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The content methodically covers the essential components of a medical workup, clinical examination, and the significance of neuropsychological testing, providing a comprehensive guide to understanding and navigating the intricacies of diagnosing MCI.

4. The Clinician’s Role in Management

In this chapter, participants will explore the crucial aspects of managing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) for enhanced independence and safety in the community. The chapter provides brief insights into pharmaceutical considerations, elucidates the pivotal role of clinicians, and delves into effective compensatory strategies.

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