Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Occupational Therapy Practice
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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease; it is the most frequent type of dementia. Although causes of death from stroke, heart disease, and cancer have declined between 2000 and 2010, cause of death from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 68%. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States across all ages, and the fifth leading cause of death among persons aged 65 and older. The estimated number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to nearly triple by 2050 to 13.8 million, including 7 million people aged 85 and older. The annual number of new cases will begin to climb sharply around the year 2030, when all of the baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) will be over age 65.
This course is designed to increase occupational therapy practitioners’ basic knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The first part of the course presents an overview of the medical management of these disorders. The second part of the course focuses on occupational therapy screening, evaluation, and intervention of older adults with neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. While this basic-level course is written for occupational therapy professionals, it may also inform social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and advanced practice and psychiatric nurses who work with occupational therapy practitioners in acute and long-term care, institutional, home-based, or community settings about the role of occupational therapy on the health care team and their contribution.
AOTA Content Focus - Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention
- Differentiate between Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders, including diagnostic criteria and brain neuroanatomy.
- Identify the diagnostic considerations and medical management for Alzheimer’s disease.
- List the risk factors and behavioral symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Describe caregiver support and family-centered care for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Describe the process used by occupational therapists to screen and evaluate clients with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Describe the interventions that occupational therapists provide for clients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Patricia Schaber, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is the occupational therapy research coordinator in the Memory Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, the clinical arm of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care. She is an associate professor in the Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Minnesota. She authored the Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and a chapter on dementia in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. She currently serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She was employed for 13 years in geriatric occupational therapy in long-term care, home health care, and activities programming. Her PhD is in family social science from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in aging research.
- Courses must be completed within one (1) year of the date of purchase.
- 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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- There are no prerequisites for this course.