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Release Date: October 3, 2016
Expiration Date: December 7, 2018
This basic-level course is written for speech-language pathologists who work with older adults and their families in various settings, including primary and tertiary care; acute and long-term care; and institutional, home-based, or community-based settings. The course provides information to help professionals better detect and manage neurocognitive disorders among older adults as well as learn to better manage the behavioral manifestations of these disorders. Described are elements of assessing cognitive functioning and tools used in screening for cognitive impairment in older adults and ways to distinguish among delirium, dementia, and depression.
Older adults with delirium are commonly misdiagnosed with dementia, although the causes of delirium are reversible. Similarly, depressed elders may easily be viewed as having dementia, which prevents them from receiving effective treatment for the depression. In other cases, undetected neurocognitive disorders such as delirium can lead to such adverse outcomes as premature institutionalization and increased mortality. Better understanding and recognition of these disorders can help prevent needless suffering for older adults and their families.
This program is offered for 0.20 ASHA CEUs (Introductory-Level, Professional Area).
- Describe the different types and symptoms of neurocognitive disorders among older adults.
- Identify ways to assess neurocognitive disorders among older adults.
- Explain the management strategies used in the treatment of neurocognitive disorders among older adults.
Kathy Black, PhD, MSW, MSG, MPH, is a professor of 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 in the field of geriatric mental health as a nurse, social worker, and case manager in acute care, long-term care, and home- and community-based settings for more than 25 years.
Renee Kinder, MS, CC-SLP, RAC-CT, is Director of Clinical Education at Evergreen Rehabilitation in Louisville, Kentucky. She serves on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Group 15 – Gerontology as the Perspectives on Gerontology’s editor and as a Health Care and Economics Committee Member.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course to earn ASHA CEUs and/or receive a certificate of completion.
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