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Self Care for Professional Alzheimer’s Caregivers

by Lee Stadtlander, Ph.D. 4 CE Credits

More than half of all nursing home residents, or more than 2 million long-term residents, have Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions causing dementia. Approximately 1.2 million professional caregivers provide this long-term and costly care. The available literature suggests that many professional caregiving issues are similar to that of family caregiving including physical exhaustion, emotional depletion, and grief at the loss of their patients. In addition, professional caregivers encounter other issues that family caregivers may not experience such as work overload, increased demands for efficiency within managed health care environments, job burnout, and staff turnover. This course examines the stressors inherent to working with Alzheimer’s patients and methods of self care for these professionals.


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 4 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • 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.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Brief Review of the Signs & Symptoms of AD
  • Problems Associated with Caring for the AD Patient
  • Assessments for Use with Healthcare Professionals
  • Strategies for Individual Self Care
  • Strategies for Organizations
  • Summary
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Define anticipatory mourning for caregivers in the Alzheimer’s context and list at least two conditions that can influence the intensity of the mourning experience.
  • Articulate the three phases of burnout in Alzheimer’s caregivers.
  • Identify three measures to assess self care needs among healthcare professionals.
  • List three strategies for self care to reduce stress.
  • Indicate four strategies to acknowledge loss in the workplace.