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As the United States sees a dramatic increase in the geriatric population, more people will experience diseases of aging, including neurocognitive disorders. Dementia refers to a variety of diseases and conditions that affect cognition and behavior. Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive and fatal brain disease, is the most prevalent form of dementia. This course will help clinicians distinguish among the different types of dementias and neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, mixed dementia, frontotemporal dementia, HIV-associated dementia, Huntington’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Parkinson’s disease, and normal pressure hydrocephalus.
The course describes neuroanatomy of the brain and brain changes in normal aging and then moves to an in-depth discussion of Alzheimer’s disease. Research on the causes of Alzheimer’s disease focuses on a variety of factors, including genetics and the processes of neurotransmitters. The course describes the major risk factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease: age, family history, vascular disease, years of education, and ethnicity. Diagnostic evaluation is discussed, as are the latest approaches to treatment and management, including pharmacological treatments, domains of care management, and caring for the caregiver. This basic-level course is designed for behavioral health professionals—including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses—who work with elderly people and their families in acute and long-term care, institutional, home-based, or community settings.
Participants will receive 2 (Clinical Content) continuing education clock hours upon successful completion of this course.
- Describe the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders.
- Identify the symptoms, stages, and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Recognize the diagnostic considerations for Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders.
- Compare effective treatment and management of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders.
Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH, is a professor in social work and gerontology at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, a Hartford Geriatric Social Work faculty scholar, and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Black obtained her doctorate degree from the University at Albany, State University of New York, in 2000, master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California (1988), and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles (1990). Dr. Black has worked with older adults and their families as a nurse, social worker, and geriatric case manager for more than 25 years in acute care, long-term care, home, and community-based settings. Dr. Black has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association in New York and Florida to plan conferences, conduct training, and co-lead support groups for caregivers. Dr. Black chaired a dementia care committee in a large integrated healthcare system in New York and implemented dementia care map tracking throughout acute, home-based, nursing home, and hospice levels of care. Dr. Black provided dementia care orientation to nurses employed in an acute care setting and provided behavioral management training to staff throughout multiple levels of care. Since 2004, Dr. Black has served as a statewide reviewer for mandated dementia training through the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Curriculum Training program at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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