This course will provide a basic level orientation to the course of Alzheimer's Disease from earliest symptoms to death. It is an excellent overview for anyone beginning to service those with Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases. Working with any deteriorating neurological disease can be daunting without an understanding of the stages of decline.
Each stage forces caregivers to employ new individually specific strategies do deal with the many various challenges. Strategies are explained and offered for every aspect of care from activities of daily living, communication needs, aggressive behaviors to grief reactions in the families.
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- Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders
- Definition of AD
- How the brain works and how AD affects the brain
- How memory loss from AD and other related disorders differs from normal aging
- Other neurological diseases or conditions that can cause irreversible dementia
- Conditions or disorders that may result in symptoms that mimic AD
- How AD is diagnosed
- Causes, cures, andresearch overview
- Characteristics of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Stages of AD
- Symptoms andbehaviorsassociated witheach stage
- Challenges ofcaregivers at each stage
- Communicating with Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease
- How AD affects communication skills
- Strategies and guidelines for verbal communication
- Strategies and guidelines for nonverbal communication
- Validation therapy and its usefulness in communicating with residents with AD
- Strategies for communicating with residents who are non-communicative or nonresponsive
- Family Issues
- Issues and concerns of family members of residents with AD
- The grief process: how it relates to the multiple, ongoing losses associated with AD
- Strategies for assisting family members to be involved with residents and the ALF special care program
- Maintaining an Appropriate Environment for Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Physical environment (indoor and outdoor)
- Schedules and routines
- Staff as part of the environment
- Ethical Issues and Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease
- Ethical principles:
- Case studies that illustrate ethical conflicts
Course Goals & Objectives:
This course prompts health care providers to step into the world of the person to gain a sense of respect and ethical responsibility needed to facilitate quality of life.
At the end of this course the participant will be able to:
- Recognize why it is important to learn about dementia and AD
- Identify the difference between an AD brain and a healthy older brain
- Recognize that other look-alike diseases can be misdiagnosed as AD
- Identify the value of an early thorough medical exam
- List the importance of a healthy life style to delay onset
- Identify the deterioration of functional skills as explained through seven stages and the challenges associated with symptoms at each stage
- Identify basic strategies to understand dysfunctional verbal and non verbal attempts to make needs known
- List the effectiveness of using Validation Therapy with all AD patients
- Recognize issues affecting all family members with suggested strategies to stay involved in a resident's care program
- Identify the grief process and how grief affects people differently
- Identify components of a safe and comfortable living facility
- Recognize ethical standards and how they apply to the care of someone with AD
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Contact Hours: 4 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Target Audience: Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Speech Language Pathologist, Nursing Home Administrators and Nurses
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Criteria for Completion: Criteria for Completion: A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
This course is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs (Basic level, Professional area).
Financial – Judy Jennings is self-employed and receives a salary. She receives payment from HomeCEU for the presentation of this course.
Nonfinancial – No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
No relevant conflicts of interest exist for any member of the activity planning committee
Content Disclosure: This course does not focus solely on any specific product or service.
Contacting the Author: For participants that have questions about the content presented in this course, Judy Towne Jennings, PT, MA is available via email firstname.lastname@example.org please allow 24 hours for response.
Cancellation Policy: For activity cancellation, returns, or complaint resolution, please contact Anne Osborn by email Anne@HomeCEU or by phone at 1.800.55.4CEUS (2387). We have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Refunds will be issued for courses that have not been completed (exam not taken), or for any course that has been rejected by your board of approval. Webinar attendance must be canceled 24 hours before the scheduled start time.