In the approaching years, there will be significant growth in the senior population. This shift in patient demographics may create a burden on the healthcare system, practically and fiscally. It will be increasingly important for clinicians to have an understanding of the cognitive changes associated with normal aging versus dementias. This course reviews the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, with a focus on etiology, prevalence, and assessment. Differential diagnosis of other reversible conditions that mimic dementia such as depression and delirium is also reviewed. The treatment options available for patients with various forms of dementia are presented, an especially important topic as the field is changing quickly and many patients, and their caregivers, are unaware of these emerging developments.
Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:
- HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
- HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
- HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
- HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
- Dementia: Definition and Significance
- Differential Diagnosis
- Neurodegenerative Dementias
- Stable or Slowly Progressive Dementias
- Toxic/Infectious Conditions
- Treatment Options
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Differentiate between the cognitive changes associated with normal aging versus dementias, specifically articulating the two primary cognitive changes seen in normal aging.
- Identify the neuroanatomy involved in the five primary types of neurodegenerative dementia.
- Discuss at least three cognitive, emotional or behavioral symptoms of the various types of dementia.
- Compare the usefulness of the three primary types of treatment options (medications, behavioral strategies, and supportive services to care providers) for the different forms of dementia.