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PTSD and Dementia

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Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

PTSD and Dementia

  • Date Created: 03/ 1/2017
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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PTSD and Dementia Author(s):

Jennifer J. Vasterling, PhD

Steven R. Thorp, PhD, ABPP


The association between PTSD, cognitive impairment, and behavioral problems among older adults is complex. This course reviews the epidemiology and significance of PTSD in regard to aging, highlighting factors that suggest a bidirectional relationship between PTSD and dementia.

The course includes recommended PTSD assessment practices for individuals with dementia and outlines treatment recommendations for those with co-occurring PTSD and dementia.

Goals and Objectives

  • Review epidemiological considerations and significance of PTSD and aging
  • Explore factors suggesting a bidirectional relationship between PTSD and dementia
  • Outline PTSD assessment practices for those with dementia
  • Review treatment recommendations for those with co-occurring PTSD and dementia

PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health