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 Workers
  • Dentists (other dental health professionals)
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Other Healthcare Workers

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, healthcare professionals will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline
  2. Identify risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
  3. Differentiate early, middle, and late-stage presentation associated with dementia
  4. Describe types of pharmacology available for Alzheimer’s disease management
  5. Choose appropriate non-drug interventions to support behavioral and communication concerns

At the completion of this activity, assistants, aids, support staff, and pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  1. Identify key communication strategies for working with an individual with Alzheimer's Disease
  2. Discuss healthy lifestyle behaviors that can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
Credit/Contact Hours
  • Megan Arbour, PhD, RN, CNM, CNE
    Associate Professor, Frontier Nursing University
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
Release Date
February 1, 2023
Expiration Date
February 1, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Video Clips
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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