Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias for Home Health, 2nd Edition


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About the Course
The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with deep insight and understanding of caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Learners can be the providers of direct care, staff in the community or other residential environment, and home health providers. Lessons address symptoms and causes of Alzheimer’s disease (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 care, treatment, research, and patient interactions. 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 dementias are reliant upon ethical care, a theme that is present throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes
After completion of this course, the learner should:

  • Define dementia, the symptoms, and various types of dementia.
  • 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.
  • Identify communication and behavioral management strategies for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.
  • Define steps for best practices caring for caring for 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 the behavioral changes according to the clinical stage of Alzheimer’s.
  • Examine the needs of the caretaker and caregivers’ grief.

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 Dr. Kiran Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM) 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.

About the Peer Reviewer
Brenda Williams RN, MBA, PhD, has been an RN for more than 36 years. Dr. Williams has worked in many areas of nursing, including clinical (hospital: med-surg, ER, OB-peds, and cardiology step-down ICU; travel nursing, prison, gerontology, urgent care), managerial, insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Medicaid, Medicare, and education. She was a certified case manager for 24 years; holds an executive MBA from Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio and a PhD in leadership and organizational change from Walden University Her dissertation was a qualitative transcendental phenomenological study titled “An Exploration of Bullied Nurses, Witnesses, and a Hospital’s Bottom Line.” Dr. Williams is active in kidney dialysis support as a subject matter expert on peritoneal dialysis and is a member of the International Society of Female Professionals. She is a research chair for Indiana Wesleyan University in the doctor of business administration program, as well as an adjunct professor at Ohio Christian University. Dr. Williams wrote a course comparing worldwide public health systems for Ohio Christian University titled “Trends in Healthcare,” conducts peer reviews and writes CE courses, and has just published her first book—Judge Me Not: The Real Story of the Biblical Wife of Job.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print, which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • At the end of the course, answer the Yes/No Affirmation question to indicate that you have completed the educational activity.
  • Specific to Florida: A mandatory Final Examination with a passing score of 70% or higher is required. Exam questions link content to the course Learning Objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest*
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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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