Mild cognitive impairment and dementia


  • Welcome
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Disease progression
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Other types of dementia
  • Behaviour and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Treatments
  • Assessment questions
  • Action & Evaluation


This CPD module is about current thinking on mild cognitive impairment and dementia. It will look at the differences between normal ageing and cognitive impairment, the different types of dementia and the treatments available. 

In 2015, there were an estimated 856,700 people with dementia in the UK


To understand the needs of individuals who are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment which then leads to a formal diagnosis of dementia.


After studying this module, pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between cognitive impairment in normal ageing and that in dementia
  • Identify the different types of dementia that are likely to be encountered
  • Explain the treatment options available.

Contributing author

Dr Denise Taylor, senior lecturer, department of pharmacy and pharmacology, University of Bath.

About this module

This CPD module is designed for community pharmacy technicians to use as part of their continuing professional development. Reflection exercises have been included to help start you off in the CPD learning cycle.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacy technicians. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.



Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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