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Solve Challenging Dementia Behaviors: Support Family Connections and Losses as Root Causes

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Objectives

  1. Differentiate Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia using a strengths-based, functional abilities model.
  2. Demonstrate mindfulness interventions and techniques to use for people living with dementia.
  3. Analyze attachment theory as it relates to people living with dementia, including attachment loss, separation distress, and challenging behaviors.
  4. Evaluate the 5 Love Language framework as a “toolkit” to build the emotional love connection with those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  5. Choose non-medication-based strategies to manage challenging behavioral expressions in people living with dementia.
  6. Determine new frustration-ending alternatives to manage agitation, aggression, and other challenging behaviors.

Outline

When the Medical Model Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness & Dementia Attachment Theory & Dementia Strengthening Relationships: The 5 Love Languages and Dementia

Copyright : 05/14/2020

Challenging Geriatric Behaviors

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Objectives

  1. Develop strategies to manage difficult behaviors in seniors who have an altered perception of reality.
  2. Manage the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
  3. Appraise current research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lifestyle factors to slow the disease progression.
  4. Determine the safety issues associated with geriatric patients who drive, to be able to identify individuals who pose a safety threat.
  5. Develop strategies to minimize or redirect wandering behavior in individuals with cognitive impairment.
  6. Analyze environmental and behavioral causes of agitation. 
  7. Differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviors in individuals with dementia.
  8. Distinguish between normal sleeping patterns and bedtime issues which could lead to increased health problems.
  9. Analyze the physical and psychological changes that affect an elder’s desire and ability to eat including the changes in nutritional requirements.
  10. Identify the signs of caregiver stress and develop intervention strategies to prevent burnout.

Outline

Normal Aging, Dementia, Depression or Delirium

Alzheimer’s Disease Driving with Dementia Wandering Physical Aggression Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors Refusing to Eat/Forgetting to Eat Sleepless Nights Caregiver Stress Other Issues Case Studies: Learning from Experience and Mistakes

Copyright : 04/24/2020

Geriatric Pharmacology: Maximizing Safety & Effectiveness

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Objectives

  1. Specify preventative techniques and individual monitoring plans to minimize adverse drug events and drug-drug interactions.
  2. Apply the principles of polypharmacy to the patient with cognitive impairment.
  3. Point out the effects of aging on pharmacokinetics.
  4. Evaluate major causes, mechanism and early symptoms of drug-induced toxicity.
  5. Assess tools used to safely taper and discontinue medications.
  6. Select prescribing strategies for the geriatric patient.
  7. Incorporate age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.

Outline

Aging and Pharmacodynamics

Drug-Drug Interactions

Strategies to Avoid Adverse Drug Events

The "BEERS Criteria"

STOPP and START

Controversial Vitamins & Herbal Supplements

Psychopharmacology

Dementia, Depression & Delirium

Prescribing Challenges & Solutions

Copyright : 03/12/2019