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


About the Course 
The purpose of this course is to provide information to healthcare providers who have direct contact with people who have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias (ADRD). Lessons will provide an understanding of and insight into ADRD, the definition of dementia, an overview of the brain, and how these diseases impact its functioning. Specific characteristics and stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will be discussed along with recommendations to communicate with the person with ADRD and their caregivers. Suggestions for lifestyle and communication management will be presented based on current literature.     

Learning Outcomes 
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to: 

  • Define dementia, the symptoms, and various types of dementia.  
  • Evaluate the various stages of Alzheimer’s.  
  • Recognize the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living within the disease stages.  
  • Identify communication strategies for persons with ADRD  
  • Define steps for best practices in caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s.  
  • Describe approaches to and guidelines for establishing structured care provisions. 

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 which requires a 1-hour commitment of time.  
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
    • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion. 

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Identification, Mitigation, and Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships    
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. 

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement  
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners. 

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.

©2024: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers.  

Accreditations and Approvals  
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ANCC Provider # P0456)

Colibri Healthcare, LLC (formerly Elite Professional Education, LLC), Provider Number 1147, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 5/5/2023 - 5/5/2026.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Colibri Healthcare, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Most states accept courses offered by APA approved sponsors.

Colibri Healthcare, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6341. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Colibri Healthcare, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.