Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Cognitive Decline, an Introduction

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Course Description

This course is intended to equip nurses and other healthcare providers with essential knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline. The population is aging and these diagnoses are growing more common.  Nurses need to know the risk factors, presentation, and diagnostic criteria of Alzheimer’s Disease so that they can support their patients across care arenas.  Communication strategies, non-drug interventions for behavior support and care planning strategies will also be discussed. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%. The course is based on current empirical research and best-known evidence-based practices.

Intended Audience

This course is appropriate for:

  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Physicians (MD and DO)
  • Physicians Assistants
  • Social Works
  • Dentists
  • Other Dental Health Professionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Others who work in the healthcare field with patients.

Learning Objectives

After completing this educational activity, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline
  • Identify risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  • Differentiate early, middle, and late-stage presentation associated with dementia
  • Choose appropriate non-drug interventions to support behavioral concerns
  • Employ communication strategies when working with individuals with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review
  • Interactive Elements
  • Lesson Recall Self Assessment
  • Scenarios
  • Slides Presentation
  • Video Clips
  • Autograded
  • Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
  • Quiz Retakes
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