Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, 3 unitsPage 2 of 13


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Author: Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Contact hours: 3
AOTA CEUs: 0.3
Expiration date: November 1, 2024
Course price: $29*

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Course Summary

This course will increase your awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The first section defines dementia, describes how dementia affects the brain, and discusses how the symptoms of dementia differ from normal age-related changes. The second section discusses the stages of dementia along with symptoms and behaviors you might see during these stages. The last section describes communication challenges at the different stages of dementia and provides tips for communicating with people at those different stages.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

*If you are an OT or OTA, you may need the following information for relicensure:

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023 ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.3 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to*:

  1. Relate the NIA-AA diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Spell out the differences between onset, cause, and duration of dementia, delirium, and depression. 
  3. Identify 3 common behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  4. Provide a definition for physical and chemical restraint.
  5. Describe how mild, moderate, and severe dementia affects a person’s ability to complete basic activities of daily living.
  6. Relate the 3 components that should be part of individual and group activities for residents with dementia.
  7. Describe 3 ways in which stress can affect a caregiver’s quality of life.
  8. Describe 3 issues family caregivers face as their loved one transitions from mild to moderate to severe dementia.
  9. Identify 3 philosophical concepts that are important in the design of a therapeutic environment for those with dementia.
  10. Identify common ethical conflicts that may arise when caring for residents with ADRD.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.