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Dr. Chris Wolf is a clinical and neuropsychologist with over 20 years experience helping people change and achieve their goals in the public and private sectors. 

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Dementia Diagnosis and Treatment

An online continuing education course for nurses, medical health care professionals, and other interested individuals.

Every 68 seconds another American develops Alzheimer's disease. Education and training in dementia care for health care staff has been identified as a priority by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease (NPAAD) developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set as a goal enhanced care quality and efficiency for the Alzheimer’s and dementia population. High-quality care should be provided from the point of diagnosis onward in settings including doctor’s offices, hospitals, people’s homes and nursing homes. Care quality should be measured accurately and coupled with quality improvement tools. This instructional course has been designed for nurses, activity therapists, nursing assistants and other healthcare staff who are or may be caring for patients with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Knowledge of dementia is critical for providing the specialized care that this disease requires. Therefore, education related specifically to the various dementias is critical for effective care for this population.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define dementia and describe three stages of dementia.
  2. Identify two reversible and nonreversible causes of dementia.
  3. Describe the typical procedures for diagnosing dementia.
  4. Describe two types of nonpharmacological interventions for dementia.
  5. Identify two medications for dementia and one potential side effect.
  6. Describe how to prevent assualtive behavior.
  7. Describe why antidepressant medication and falls is a concern.
  8. Identify two strategies to help prevent Sundown Syndrome
  9. List two methods for helping families cope with dementia.

Curriculum

Chapter 1
Introduction to Dementia

  • CMS Priority
  • Group of Disorders
  • Many Etiologies

Chapter 2
Defining Dementia
  • Definition
  • Stages of Dementia
  • Epidemiology and Risk Factors

Chapter 3
Classification and Types of Dementia
  • Description
  • Nonreversible Dementias
  • Potential Reversible Dementias

Chapter 4
Correlates of Dementia
  • Behavioral
  • Normal vs. Abnormal Aging
  • Physiological

Chapter 5
Diagnostic Considerations
  • MCI vs. Dementia
  • Assessment Methods
  • Neuroimaging

Chapter 6
Medical Treatment
  • Medication
  • Nutrition and Health Maintenance

Chapter 7
Nonpharmacological Treatment and Prevention
  • Mental Exercise
  • Physical Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Stress Reduction
  • Environmental Considerations

Chapter 8
Nonpharmacological Management of Behavior Problems
  • Types of Agitated Behavior
  • Always Rule Out Delirium
  • Sample Interventions for Common Problems

Chapter 9
Problem Solving Strategies for Caregivers
  • Understand the Problem
  • Devise and Implement a Plan
  • Evaluate and Revise the Plan

Chapter 10
Intervention for Affective Disturbances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep Disturbances

Chapter 11
Special Problems
  • Agitation and Aggressive Behavior
  • Yelling and Screaming
  • Wandering
  • Delirium
  • Antidepressant Medication and Falls
  • Sundowning

Chapter 12
Managing Caregiver Stress
  • Stress and Memory
  • Helping Families Cope
  • Caring for the Caregiver

Course Snapshot

Cost: $ 55.00
Contact Hours: 5.5



Accreditation

This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 5.5 clock hours. Program Approval Number: 30112012-5.50-10184-dl-co
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