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Aging and Mental Health Education: A Focus on Alzheimer’s Disease

CEU

$49

Online

Instructor: Kendra Erickson-Dockter, Greg Sanders, Margaret Fitgerald, & Heather Fuller-Iglesias

Grading: NA

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous

Academic Level: Non-Credit

* 0.4 CEU's

NDSU DCE Recording Fee: $49

Course Description:

The NDSU Gerontology Program has developed this 3-unit program that discusses an overview of Alzheimer's and dementia, diagnosis, treatment, communication and behavioral changes common with the disease.

Unit One: A General Overview on Alzheimer’s Disease

Focus on defining different forms of dementia, new diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer's disease, risk factors and symptoms, and stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Define common forms and symptoms of dementia; 
  • Recognize the new Alzheimer’s disease diagnostic criteria and guidelines and contrast them to the previous diagnostic criteria; 
  • Explain what Alzheimer’s disease is;
  • Describe risk factors and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease; and 
  • Discuss the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Unit Two: Diagnosis and Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

This unit emphasizes diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease with special focus on early diagnosis, assessment tools, and treatment options.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Describe strategies for early recognition & assessment
  • Explain tools for early recognition & assessment
  • Identify strategies to diagnose Alzheimer's disease
  • Specify strategies to treat Alzheimer's disease

Unit Three: Communication and Behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Unit 3 focuses on communication and behavioral changes that are common with individuals with Alzheimer's, discusses causes and triggers of behavioral issues, and identifies treatments and solutions for dealing with behavior changes.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this unit you will be able to:

  • Recognize the communication & behavioral changes associated with the Alzheimer’s disease stages
  • Define common communication changes & challenges
  • Describe communication strategies that enhance communication with individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease
  • Discuss common behavioral changes associated with the progression of the disease
  • Explain common causes & triggers of behavioral issues
  • Identify responding  solutions & tips
  • Describe treatments associated with behavior changes

Special Instructions:

Students have 4 months from the time access is given to complete the training.

This program is approved for ND social workers by North Dakota State University, Office of Distance and Continuing Education as an approved provider through the ND Board of Social Worker Examiners (provider #P-19) for up to 0.40 CEUs (4 contact hours).

This program is approved for counselors by North Dakota State University, Office of Distance and Continuing Education as an approved provider through the National Board of Certified Counselors (provider #4195) for up to 0.40 CEUs (4 contact hours).

This program is approved for general CEUs by NDSU-DCE for up to 0.40 CEUs (4 contact hours).

(Individuals should check with their own governing boards in advance regarding their particular CEU requirements/applicability.)

**Registration Instructions:

After registration is complete you will receive an email in a few days from one of our staff with instructions to accessing the course. After access is given to class, no refunds will be given.

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