Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults - Module 2: Neurocognitive Disorders and Capacity

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CE Credit: 1

Length: 1 hour

Exam Items: 4

Closed captioning provided.

Neurocognitive impairment is the single health condition most impacting financial capacity of older adults. In this module we review the updated definitions of dementia and core criteria for the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.  The strengths and weaknesses of cognitive screening and neuropsychological testing are also reviewed as are the other major age related dementias. Original recording date: August 2017.

Presenter: Peter A. Lichtenberg, PHD, ABPP

Peter A. Lichtenberg, PHD, ABPP is the Director of The Institute of Gerontology and the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit.  He is particularly interested in the area of intersection between financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. In 2013, he published the first nationally representative study on predictors of older adult scam victims. He recently completed the creation of the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Making Rating Scale, and the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Screening Scale: He has authored 7 books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters in Geropsychology including being the senior editor for the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology. 

Learning Objective 1
Summarize key neurocognitive disorders of aging and how they impact capacity and delineate the role of memory, judgment and awareness in capacity functioning.


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Supplementary Materials

  • Neurocognitive Disorders of Aging and How They Affect Capacity PowerPoint Slides
  • Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults References