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Brain Health Project

ACPM has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Population Health to develop a 1-1.5 hour(s) CME/MOC module on the benefits of blood pressure management as a potential mechanism to reduce cognitive decline and dementia. This module will be included as an elective in the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program.

ACPM will create one enduring content course on "Blood Pressure Management in Mid-life to Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline" which will be added as an elective to the Lifestyle Medicine Core Competency Program. The course will serve as a base level introduction from a lifestyle medicine perspective and will be designed for physicians and applicable for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dietitians, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. The elective will be between 1-1.5 hours of CME and MOC. 

The course content will be pilot tested among ACPM members via webinar prior to being recorded and digitized. Once completed, the course will be added as an elective under the LMCC and promoted and disseminated as part of the full curriculum.

Learning Objectives

  • Increase physician's/health care professionals' awareness of brain health as a chronic health condition
  • Understand the evidence provided in the 2017 NASEM report "Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward"
  • Describe the potential benefit of blood pressure control in mid-life to reduce the risk of future cognitive decline and dementia. 
  • Identify key strategies and resources to identify, assess, and refer patients with Alzheimer's or other dementias to care and community support programs 
  • Participants will be able to apply learning from other LMCC cardiovascular disease modules to the treatment of patients with dementia based disorders
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