Full Course Description
Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias Certification Training
- Communicate how the manifestations of each type of dementia impacts identification and prognosis.
- Provide a synopsis of 2 assessment tools that can be employed to screen for possible cognitive difficulty.
- Specify how non-verbal communication skills can help professionals identify meanings behind gestures when working with patients who have dementia.
- Characterize how patient safety can be enhanced with strategies to redirect wandering and manage paranoia.
- Establish how the latest medications, preventative treatments, and advances in early detection could impact care of people with dementia.
- Explore end of life issues and elder abuse and correlate how the ethics of dying impact the clinician, client, and their family.
Manifestations and Prognosis for Each Type of Dementia
Cognitive Assessment Tools and Advances in Early-Detection
- Cognitive decline vs. normal aging
- Mild Neuro-Cognitive Disorder
- Manifestations and prognosis for:
- Vasular Dementia
- Lewy Body Dementia
- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Stages of dementia
- Psuedo-dementias and reversible conditions
Behavioral Interventions Toolbox: Causes and Solutions to Challenging Behaviors
- MOCA and SLUMS
- Step-by-step utilization
- What they tell you and what they don’t
- Brain imaging
- Research on biomarkers
- Genetic risk profiling
- When to refer for a formal neuropsychological assessment
Communication Strategies to Improve Care
- Identifying triggers for challenging behaviors
- Assess for pain in dementia patients
- What do for sundowning?
- Techniques to minimize combativeness and aggressive behaviors
- Strategies to redirect wandering
- Paranoia – causes and management
- Effective responses to hallucinations and delusions
- Strategies to reduce repetitive behaviors
- How to improve personal care and activities of daily living
Psychopharmacology and Nutrition: The Latest Medications and Preventative Treatments
- Successful non-verbal communication – find meaning behind gestures
- Best practices to avoid arguments
- Questions to ask, and how to ask them
- Innovative communication tools
Ethical Issues Related to Dementia
- Approved medications for behavioral and cognitive symptoms
- Nutritive interventions for Alzheimer’s prevention
- Disease modifying medication
- End of life issues
- Reporting abuse (physical, sexual, financial)
- Multicultural considerations