Full Course Description

Effective Interventions for Geriatric Patients: Dementias, Challenging Behaviors & More



Mental Health Evaluation

Cognitive Disorder and "Forgetfulness"

Diagnostics of Dementing Conditions

Cognitive Assessment Tools

Differentiate Dementia and Depression


Behavioral Interventions

Working with Caregivers at Home



  1. Analyze the impact of dementia on brain structure and function, and determine the difference between “normal forgetfulness” and cognitive impairment.
  2. Diagnose dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, by accurately identifying manifestations of each type and understand how these differences impact prognosis in older adults.
  3. Articulate differences between the Folstein Mini-Mental Status examination, SLUMS, and MOCA and effectively utilize them as screening measure tools for cognitive impairment and dementia.
  4. Employ adaptable behavioral interventions that can provide patients with individualized care and promote more effective participation in therapy.
  5. Investigate the concept of caregiver guilt and its implications for the client, clinicians, and those caring for older adults with dementia.
  6. Correlate patients’ strengths and limitations to potential therapeutic approaches when developing treatment plans for older adults with dementia.



Copyright : 08/22/2017

Challenging Geriatric Behaviors

Program Information


Normal Aging, Dementia, Depression or Delirium

Alzheimer’s Disease

Driving with Dementia


Physical Aggression

Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors

Refusing to Eat/Forgetting to Eat

Sleepless Nights

Caregiver Stress

Other Issues

Case Studies: Learning from Experience and Mistakes


  1. Develop strategies to manage difficult behaviors in seniors who have an altered perception of reality.
  2. Differentiate the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.
  3. Analyze current research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as lifestyle factors to slow the disease progression.
  4. Analyze the safety issues associated with geriatric patients who drive and identify individuals who pose a safety threat.
  5. Conclude why wandering occurs in individuals with cognitive impairment and develop strategies to minimize or redirect this behavior.
  6. Analyze the 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. Assess the signs of caregiver stress and develop intervention strategies to prevent burnout.

Copyright : 12/06/2017

Differentiating Dementias

Program Information


  1. Distinguish the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  2. Determine appropriate diagnostic tests to achieve accurate diagnosis.
  3. Devise interventions that are effective and promote positive communication between staff, family & the older adult.


Copyright : 10/23/2017