Full Course Description


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

 

OUTLINE

Mental Health Evaluation

Cognitive Disorder and "Forgetfulness"

Diagnostics of Dementing Conditions

Cognitive Assessment Tools

Differentiate Dementia and Depression

Psychopharmacology

Behavioral Interventions

Working with Caregivers at Home

Ethics

OBJECTIVES

  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

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

Objectives

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

Copyright : 12/06/2017

Differentiating Dementias

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Objectives

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

Outline

Copyright : 10/23/2017