Healthcare professionals who work with dementia patients often face unique challenges with adverse events from the dementia process. One frequently reported challenge is "sundowning syndrome", which can lead to escalated behaviors and clinical symptoms in the afternoons or evenings. This course explains the pathophysiology of sundowning syndrome to include the neurobiological, medical, pharmacological, psychosocial, and environmental factors which contribute to the signs and symptoms of this disorder. Furthermore, this course expounds on evidence-based and practical interventions to address sundowning symptoms to include those that address underlying conditions, those that promote more quality sleep, environmental factors found to be effective, and other non-pharmacological interventions shared by nursing services and caregivers.
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Course Goals & Objectives:
This course is intended to instruct the professional to better understand the causes and be able to implement effective approaches with elders with sundowning symptoms.
- Identify the contributing neurobiological abnormalities that interfere with normal circadian rhythm, leading to the sundowning syndrome.
- Identify the risks with pharmacological interventions for people with sundowning syndrome.
- Recognize the medical and environmental factors, to assess and address the needs of a person with sundowning symptoms.
- Select the recommended interprofessional techniques found to be effective with those who show signs of sundowning behaviors.
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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, 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 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Financial – Lisa Milliken is employed by Milliken Healthcare 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
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.