Become a Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS) while learning straightforward strategies and subtle tactics to make your practice more effective.
It's no secret:
Working with dementia patients can be difficult.
They can challenge your patience, skills, and resourcefulness as a clinician.
And beyond the simple challenge of everyday conversation, you also have to learn to manage…
- Unpredictable combativeness — even aggression
- Dangerous wandering
- Strange delusions
- Disruptive repetitive behaviors
And here's what's even more challenging:
Our first instincts are not always the best treatment strategies.
Working with dementia patients can be more counterintuitive than you think. But with the right knowledge and techniques, you can transform challenging moments into patient (and personal) victories.
You can soothe the stress of dementia patients with subtle strategies and tactics.
And you can create an environment where patients aren't victims of dementia, but instead respected people living with dementia.
According to current data, dementia isn't going anywhere.
In fact, if things don't change, we expect the prevalence of dementia to TRIPLE in the next 30 years.
So if we're going to see a massive increase in the number of adults living with dementia, one thing remains true:
Professionals with the skills to work with these patients will be needed more than ever.
And this program by licensed clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Sherrie All, founder of the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness, can help you gain those skills.
Beyond the insightful strategies you'll be able to use every day…
This course also offers the education needed to become Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS).
Becoming a Certified Dementia Care Specialist (CDCS) shows patients and colleagues you're committed to providing the best care possible. And the best part is, your application for certification is included in the course price!
Not only will you have more confidence in patient interactions, you'll operate with more certainty in professional interactions too. All because you'll be equipped with powerful dementia care information.
Beyond that, certification is also a formal documentation of your specialized knowledge. It inspires trust from both patients and colleagues.
And, as an added benefit, you could enjoy more favorable treatment from insurance companies and managed care panels too.
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In just three easy steps, you can earn your Certificate in Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias.
Step 1: Watch the online course.
Step 2: Complete the CE test and instantly print your certificate of completion.
Step 3: Submit your certificate of completion and professional license to the International Association of Aging Specialists, an Evergreen Certifications brand.
That's it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.
After this eye-opening course, you'll have the knowledge to…
- Identify the symptoms of each type of dementia and how they impact identification and prognosis
- Use two powerful and effective assessment tools to screen for possible cognitive difficulty
- Employ subtle, yet powerful communication skills to work harmoniously with patients who have dementia
- Calmly address (and mitigate) challenging patient behaviors like wandering, aggression, and paranoia
- Understand the impact medications, preventative treatment, and advances in early detection could impact care of people with dementia
- Become a champion of elder care ethics, working to ensure patients are respected in the way they deserve
"Dr. All's content and delivery was just fantastic. I have recommended the course to several colleagues."
You can provide the best and most respectful care to patients and empower their
loved ones with the knowledge to handle Dementia behavior.
- The #1 risk factor for dementia
- Why dementia will bankrupt Medicare if we do nothing
- Dementia vs. Alzheimer's — what's the difference?
- Three things that increase the risk for dementia
- The part of the brain most affected by Alzheimer's disease
- The special brain circuit that must be intact to form new memories
- The two physical causes of Alzheimer's
- The seven stages of dementia based on the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS) and the Functional Assessment Staging Test (FAST)
- Pseudo-dementias and reversible conditions (How to make sure it actually is dementia...and not something else)
- MoCA and SLUMS — what these two 10-minute tests tell you...and what they don't
- The four types of intervention for dementia (and the powerful, positive effect these interventions can have on patients and caretakers)
- Should you refer for a full Neuropsych evaluation? Here's how to decide
- The Alzheimer's "risk-factor" gene
- The five types of communication problems exhibited by people with dementia
- Best practices to avoid arguments
- Three things you should never do when talking to a person with dementia
- Innovative communication tools you can use when communication becomes difficult or slows to a stop
- Two ways to assess for a hidden cause of challenging behaviors
- Sundowning — how to prevent it from happening and handle it when it does
- These five signs indicate a patient might be at risk for wandering — here's how to spot them
- Hallucinations vs. Delusions vs. Schizophrenia — How do you tell the difference?
- Paranoia Management Strategies
- "Feelings are more important than facts" — a 2003 study reveals why you should remember this counterintuitive quote when working with patients
- "What medications have been approved for behavioral and cognitive symptoms?" This section will show you
- The popular diet that's been shown to have a positive effect on Alzheimer's prevention and intervention
- A surprising class of over-the-counter drugs that actually contribute to dementia
- One simple activity that can be used as treatment for dementia (and can actually help grow more brain cells)
- End of life issues that could arise when caring for or treating a person living with dementia
- Shocking abuse statistics for people living with dementia
- When mandatory reporting of abuse is required (and the professional fields that are required to report it)
- Multicultural issues that can factor into dementia identification and treatment
Certification made simple! Register today and pay no additional fees to complete your Certified Dementia Care Specialist certification.
The acclaimed Mindful Aging is full of exercises and tools to help you embrace a new mindset and blaze a new trail in your life fueled by passion, purpose, and creativity. Through research, inspiring stories of real people, and Dr. Brandt’s psychological insight, you’ll be able to claim the immense joy and love that are yours to have, the deep wisdom that is yours to share, and the exciting self-discoveries and contributions that are uniquely yours to make.
Sherrie All, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has specialized in treating people with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, TBI, MS and other neurological disorders for over a decade.
Dr. All is the founder and director of the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness, a private neuropsychology practice specializing in cognitive rehabilitation and brain health.
The evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions she uses have helped hundreds of adults experiencing cognitive declines improve their thinking skills, expand their functional independence and enhance their brain health.
Dr. All has worked as a consultant to the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, helping to develop and evaluate a holistic brain fitness program, and her work with individuals on ways to lower their personal risk for dementia has earned the attention of media outlets including The New Yorker and Crain’s Chicago Business.
Dr. All earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and is a member of the American Psychological Association. Click here for information about Sherrie All
This training is for professionals who want to provide the best patient care possible and to position their practice to excel.
That includes the following professions, which are eligible for up to 6.25 CE hours through this course.
- Social Workers
- Case Managers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Nursing Home Administrator
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Nurse Practitioners
- Licensed Practical Nurses
- Certified Nurses Assistants
- Homecare Workers
- Other Rehab, Medical and Mental Health Professionals
Click here for total course CE Credit and details specific to your profession.
Click here for course objectives and outline.