Supplements Used for Memory Improvement and Dementia- Pharmacy Technician


  Credits  1.5

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The statistics about dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD), are frightening; 1 in 8 people aged 65 and older have AD, and it’s the 5th leading cause of death in that age group. Over half of older adults have concerns about memory loss and it is one of the most feared aspects of aging. Not surprisingly, many people will try nearly anything to prevent dementia and memory loss. Numerous manufacturers have responded by marketing products with claims to improve memory or delay the aging process. Community pharmacists and primary care clinicians are often the go-to healthcare providers for questions about supplements, which are readily available over-the-counter. As the U.S. population ages and more Baby Boomers approach 65, inquiries about these supplements will become commonplace. Healthcare providers need to be informed and prepared with answers. This issue reviews the commonly used supplements for memory improvement and dementia management. For each supplement, the evidence, or lack of evidence, supporting use is discussed along with precautions that should be passed on to consumers. A helpful summary of the differences between memory loss associated with normal aging and dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is provided in the Patient Connection.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-11-105-H01-T
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.