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Caring for a Person with Dementia

 Taking care of a parent with dementia is time-consuming, tiring, heart-breaking, and worth all the effort.

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Nutrition and Dementia

 In the course of working on a course on Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, I've been struggling to find good, evidence-based information on nutrition and dementia.

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Pharmacotherapy CEUs Available for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Nurses

ATrain Education offers a large selection of ANCC-accredited pharmacotherapy courses. The courses provide pharmacotherapy CEs for advanced practice nurses and nurse practitioners. https://www.atrainceu.com/pharmacotherapy

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Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotic resistance has become a worldwide problem; one in which new forms of antibiotic resistance spread with remarkable ease and can easily cross international boundaries and spread between continents. World health leaders have described antibiotic-resistant microorganisms as “nightmare bacteria” that “pose a catastrophic threat” to people in every country in the world.

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Dementia: Safety Technologies

When caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, safety is an important issue. Safety technologies include an array of equipment, services, and devices intended to keep a person safe or to alert caregivers of potential danger. Equipment-based technologies include poles, rails, barriers, mirrors, painted doorways and floors, non-skid surfaces, locks, seating systems, walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. Computer-based or application-based technologies include alarms, cameras, global positioning devices, text messaging, and wearable electronic devices that alert caregivers that a person is trying to leave a designated safe area.

 

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Treatment Burden

 Patients with chronic disease may experience complicated management plans requiring significant personal investment. This has been termed ‘treatment burden’ and has been associated with unfavorable outcomes.

Treatment burden is the effort those with chronic illness must make to manage their condition. It describes the difficulties faced by patients and their caregivers as they attempt to follow the complicated management strategies developed for rehabilitation. Burden is increased significantly when a patient has multiple co-existing illnesses. Unfortunately, treatment burden can overwhelm patients (and their families), a situation that leads to poor adherence to therapies and poor outcomes. (Excerpt from Uncovering Treatment Burden as a Key COncept for Stroke Care)

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Does Education Improve Caregiver Attitudes Towards Their Clients with Dementia?

Understanding dementia and working with people who are experiencing the effects of dementia is perhaps one of the most interesting and challenging things you will be called upon to do in your work as a healthcare provider. Because dementia affects the brain and because it gets worse over time, you will see many, many different symptoms and behaviors—sometimes in the same person. The question is: does dementia education affect outcomes and improve the care experience for the caregiver and the person with dementia?

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ATrain Education receives ANCC renewal

We're proud to announce the renewal of ATrain Education's continuing education accreditation through the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

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