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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.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours and ASWB Clinical CE clock hours. NYSED CEs are NOT approved for this online course.


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.