Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

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About Course

This course includes a review of the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and nursing care for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In this course we will review assessment techniques to identify and understand common behaviors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, learn how to provide patient-centered care, assist with Activities of Daily Living and effectively communicate while still promoting patient autonomy and nurturing the nurse-patient relationship. Principles of effective communication, documentation, and collaboration are continuous throughout the course.

Participants will be granted 5 continuing education units (CEU’s), which includes 1 hour of pharmacology, and a certificate upon successful completion. Brought to you in collaboration with the Illinois College of Nursing.


Course Outline

  1. Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Cognitive Function
  3. Confusion Versus Dementia
  4. Confusion Versus Alzheimer’s Disease
  5. About Alzheimer’s Disease
  6. Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE)
  7. Practical Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease
  8. Depression and Dementia
  9. Medication and Treatment Guidelines


Course Objectives

  1.   Define “cognitive function” as relates to our daily brain activity.
  2.   Describe “confusion”, its causes, and relationship to “Dementia”.
  3.   List the nursing measures to assist a confused person.
  4.   Explain the differences between delirium, and dementia.
  5.   List the different types of dementia.
  6.   Describe the signs, and symptoms of the three AD stages.
  7.   Study the behaviors of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and nursing interventions.
  8.   Explain the care required by persons with AD.
  9. Validation therapy
  10. Nutrition
  11. Medications
  12. Pet therapy and activities 
  13.   Describe the effects of AD on the family.
  14. Explain how to promote “quality of life” for the person with AD. 


Teaching Methods

  1. Instruction
    2. Problem-based learning
    3. Critical thinking
    4. Examinations
    5. Case studies/scenarios
    6. E-learning


Skills Gained

  1. Enhance clinical knowledge and skills
    2. Improve patient outcomes
    3. Be an effective care coordinator
    4. Refresh evidence based-knowledge through continuing education credit


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Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Exam For Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Course Evaluation
To receive continuing education credit for this course, completion of this evaluation form is mandatory. Please read the following questions and choose the answer most appropriate for the course you just completed.