Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: Symptoms, Stages, and Communication Strategies Expanded


About the Course
The purpose of this course is to provide healthcare workers with a deeper understanding of how to care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or another dementia. Learners can be the providers of direct care, staff in the community, at home, or in a residential environment. Lessons address symptoms and causes of AD, insight into other types of dementia, methods of diagnosis, cognitive and behavioral aspects of the disease, and ethical issues. There will be a review of disease symptoms, behavioral changes, and activities and environmental modifications that can be implemented and modified to improve care for the patient while providing support to the caregiver. Understanding the caregiver role in the life of an AD and/or dementia patient will be explored, as will medical treatment, research, and patient interaction. Disease (symptom) management will be expounded upon, with insight into stress management tools to provide support for the unique situations that can compound the lives of those affected. Standard care approaches for patients with AD and/or other dementia is reliant upon ethical care, a theme that will be present throughout the course. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Define dementia, the symptoms, and various types of dementia.
  • Discuss Alzheimer’s disease to include the causes, history, and types.
  • Evaluate the various stages of Alzheimer’s.
  • Describe the impact of Alzheimer’s on the brain.
  • Recognize variables and factors that have been identified as linkages to Alzheimer’s.
  • Examine the steps taken for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
  • Define steps for best practices caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s.
  • Describe appropriate activities to engage a patient with Alzheimer’s.
  • Recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living within the disease stages.
  • Recognize strategies to accommodate activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living.
  • Recognize the behavioral changes according to the clinical stage of Alzheimer’s.
  • Evaluate the importance of the environment, and mental and physical activity for improving the well-being of a patient with Alzheimer’s.

About the Author
Joy Siegel, EdD, MBA, has dedicated her professional life to building a strong community for improved health outcomes. She has consulted with more than 200 community-based organizations and led campaigns for societal issues such as homelessness, cancer, lifelong learning, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and the arts. Joy has designed annual funds, capital campaigns, social media campaigns, Medicare- and Medicaid-funded programs for dementia and mental illness, loneliness mitigation programs, and many special events for outreach and fundraising. When Joy’s mother was 59, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a life-altering diagnosis for herself and the family. Joy became an integral part of her mother’s care team. She also went back to school and earned a doctoral degree in organizational leadership and gerontology and began working in the healthcare sector with providers, plans, systems, and communities to create and deliver programs promoting nonclinical aspects of wellness. Joy most recently worked with a regional Medicare Advantage plan designing retention and outreach programs and pilots designed to improve health and minimize loneliness. She is on the faculty at the Nova Southeastern University’s Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine and teaches public health to future healthcare leaders. Her career is an aggregate of personal, professional, and academic experiences that have shown her that community is often the answer. Joy has more than 100 hours of continuing education programs running nationally for allied health professionals, providers, and administrators.  

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest*

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. 

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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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