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.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
- 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.