Nursing: Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults
26.95
Online
Elective
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About the Course:
Dementia is a type of cognitive impairment and a syndrome with many causes – one of the most common causes is Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding of normal-aging memory changes is the first step in recognizing cognitive impairments. The need for effective treatments, especially for those that assist family caregivers, is essential. The purpose of this course is to help nurses identify normal-aging memory changes compared to various types of dementia. This course provides specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia, describes side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications, and identifies problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd Edition (N21671)

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe three examples of normal-aging memory changes and list five physical changes of the brain, apart from dementia, that occur through aging and affect memory.
  • Choose and differentiate three types of dementia (identify symptoms, diagnosis, treatment) and describe three tips for discussing a dementia diagnosis with a patient.
  • Identify and describe three specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia and define each of the “4 A’s” used to assist the nurse in knowing how much help to provide.
  • Define the four general areas of side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications in the older adult and describe three common problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing; she is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, as a gerontological nurse, and as a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is editor and author of the ARN seventh edition of the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • 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.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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.

Disclaimer
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
©2021: 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.

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.

 
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Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

26.95
About the Course:
Dementia is a type of cognitive impairment and a syndrome with many causes – one of the most common causes is Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding of normal-aging memory changes is the first step in recognizing cognitive impairments. The need for effective treatments, especially for those that assist family caregivers, is essential. The purpose of this course is to help nurses identify normal-aging memory changes compared to various types of dementia. This course provides specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia, describes side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications, and identifies problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd Edition (N21671)

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe three examples of normal-aging memory changes and list five physical changes of the brain, apart from dementia, that occur through aging and affect memory.
  • Choose and differentiate three types of dementia (identify symptoms, diagnosis, treatment) and describe three tips for discussing a dementia diagnosis with a patient.
  • Identify and describe three specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia and define each of the “4 A’s” used to assist the nurse in knowing how much help to provide.
  • Define the four general areas of side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications in the older adult and describe three common problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the State of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing; she is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, as a gerontological nurse, and as a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is editor and author of the ARN seventh edition of the Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum textbook, and was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Self-Assessment Quiz Questions either integrated throughout or all at the end of the course.
    • These questions are NOT GRADED. The questions are included to help affirm what you have learned from the course.
    • The correct answer is shown after the question is answered. If the incorrect answer is selected, a Rationale for the correct answer is provided.
  • 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.
  • If requested, provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Nursing Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Disclosures:

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
In accordance with the ANCC Standards for Commercial Support for continuing education, Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

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.

Disclaimer
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
©2021: 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.

Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.