• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
  • Nursing Home Administration

10 Contact Hours

(2 pharm hours)

Author(s): Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP
Item#: N1604
1 Course Book (122 pages)
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Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease, Updated 1st Edition

Price $32.95
Item # N1604
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, credit will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 12/31/2017.

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

This course discusses key issues relevant to nurses caring for patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Nurses will learn why diagnosing the disease in its earliest stages is important; how to help patients and family members cope with the diagnosis; and why programs, services, and support are needed in the early stages of the disease. The course focuses on how to promote a healthy way of life for patients: Topics include memory retrieval, pharmacological treatments, education and cognitive exercise, support groups, intervention for alcohol and drug use, exercise, nutrition, and dental care. Nurses will learn about common psychological and physical concerns for these patients, such as depression, anxiety, apathy, and delirium. A vitally important topic, getting good health care, is covered in depth. Nurses will learn how to help their patients choose a primary care provider, cope with hospitalization, and avoid complications. Other considerations include surgery, use of over-the-counter medications, medication adherence issues, legal and financial affairs, and making future plans. To help patients stay safe in the home and community, nurses will learn about adapting the home environment, avoiding falls and accidents, and addressing driving with an older adult. Caregiver concerns, including long-distance caregiving, are described.

Texas Nurses  - This course fulfills 2-hour Older Adult/Geriatric Care requirement.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 10 hours through April 10, 2019.
Course Objectives
  • Define early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Discuss the importance of health and wellness programs for patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe lifestyles that promote continued health.
  • Identify common concerns and problems associated with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and methods to prevent them. 
  • Explain the factors involved in obtaining quality health care. 
  • Discuss measures patients can use to stay engaged in the home and the community.
Suzanne Fitzsimmons, MSN, ARNP, is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Health and Human Performance, and is an adjunct faculty member at Florida International University in Miami. She is a geriatric nurse practitioner and a recreational therapist. Ms. Fitzsimmons is currently involved in numerous dementia-care research projects and also consults with and educates health care professionals who work with older adults throughout the United States and Canada. She has authored and published many articles and books on various topics in gerontological nursing. Ms. Fitzsimmons has been a speaker at several national conferences presented by the National Alzheimer’s Association, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, and the Pioneer Network. She is also a member of the “Dementia Day Camp,” which is a workgroup of internationally recognized dementia researchers. On a local level, Ms. Fitzsimmons serves on the boards of several organizations that provide services to older adults, provides training for professional and family caregivers, and gives workshops for community-dwelling older adults. 
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • 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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