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About this course

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Internet Enduring Material Sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Presented by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine

Although dementia is the most common diagnosis in older adulthood it is under-recognized in primary care. This gap in recognition is even greater for patients, their caregivers and families who belong to various ethnic and racial minority populations. As U.S. residents are aging, and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, physicians and other healthcare providers will increasingly need to tailor their care to specific populations.

This series of continuing education activities is designed to help healthcare providers recognize dementia, select culturally appropriate assessment tools, and communicate effectively about dementia care in ethnically and racially diverse populations. This initial course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: A Primer - Guidelines, Ethnic Differences, and Assessment, will introduce primary care physicians and members of their care teams to the “ethnogeriatric imperative” and its impact on dementia. Future courses will provide information on assessing and caring for diverse racial and ethnic groups.


The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

If you would like to earn CME credit from Stanford University School of Medicine for participating in this course, please review the information here prior to beginning the activity.

Additional Instructors

Yuan Marian Tzuang, MSW
Annecy Majoros, BA
Cynthia Nakayama, BS

What you'll learn

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  • Compare the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in racial and ethnic minorities to the general population.
  • Identify the barriers faced by ethnic/racial minorities in obtaining diagnosis and services after onset of dementia.
  • Identify dementia in older adults from diverse race/ethnic backgrounds.

Meet your instructors

Dolores Gallagher Thompson
Professor Emerita - Active- Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford University
Nancy Morioka-Douglas
Clinical Professor, General Medical Disciplines and Co-Director, Stanford Geriatric Education Center
Stanford University
Kala Mehta
Program Evaluation Consultant, Stanford Geriatric Education Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
Nusha Askari
Program Manager, Department of Psychiatry/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine