Alzheimer Disease (CEUs)
Purpose and Goals
The purpose and goals of this course is to increase awareness of health care professionals regarding the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, whether at home, in long-term care facilities or hospital settings.
Upon completion of this material, the dedicated learner will:
- Define Alzheimer’s disease and related terminology.
- Outline myths and misconceptions associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Name signs and symptoms characteristic of early, intermediate and late stage Alzheimer’s disease.
- Define structural and neurochemical changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Compare the difference between reversible and irreversible dementia and list examples of both types.
- Name various procedures for differential diagnosis of dementia and explain the importance of early symptom recognition and assessment.
- List the effect of cognitive changes on memory, language and the ability to communicate with others and list and describe strategies to enhance memory and facilitate communication with persons with dementia.
- Define physical, psychosocial and environmental stressors that can increase confusion and disorientation and describe ways to eliminate, alleviate and modify these stressors.
- Outline helpful strategies to prevent and modify common catastrophic reactions and wandering behavior.
- Identify nursing interventions specifically related to safety, nutrition, hydration, personal hygiene and elimination needs.
- List various medications commonly used to treat persons with Alzheimer’s disease including their actions and potential side effects.
- Enumerate specific ways to modify the environment to enhance family and professional care giving and ensure optimum safety for the Alzheimer’s sufferer.
- State the importance of emotional and spiritual support for both Alzheimer’s sufferers and family caregivers and define ways to enhance these types of support.
- Identify practical procedures for caring for someone who is dying.
- Distinguish between emotional reactions and coping styles and strategies for family caregivers.
- Utilize knowledge to prepare a patient teaching plan.
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