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Dementia is not the result of a normal process of aging. It is a serious disease. The loss of short-term memory and the confusion that often results from dementia can be frightening to the impaired resident - as well as upsetting to family members and friends.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Stages of Alzheimer's
  • Loss of Memory
  • Catastrophic Reaction
  • Communication Problems
  • Loss of Coordination
  • Wandering
  • Social Facade
  • Depression
  • Rummaging and Hoarding
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of the stages and problem behaviors of Alzheimer's Disease and practical techniques for intervention to maintain as much quality of life as possible.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Identify the stages of Alzheimer's disease, and common events at each stage.
  • Identify techniques that can minimize the effects of short term memory loss.
  • Describe how a catastrophic reaction can be avoided for an impaired person.
  • Identify interventions that can assist the dementia sufferer who has loss of coordination.
  • LIst activities that will minimize wandering and ensure the safety of the wanderer.
  • Identify interventions that can help with depression, rummaging, and hoarding behaviors.
  • Explain how the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease is reached.

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