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Course Introduction

FL DOEA Approval: This course is approved by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, curriculum approval #HH AD 8450.

Certified Trainer: The author is certified as an ADRD trainer by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is available via e-mail at or by phone Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) at 707 459 1315.

course introduction page image: Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias


Author: Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: May 16, 2022
Course price: $19

Course Summary

This course provides home health staff with the skills, techniques, and strategies to care on a daily basis for clients with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. It compares Alzheimer’s disease to other types of dementia, provides techniques for verbal and non-verbal communication, discusses symptoms seen at each stage of dementia, relates techniques intended to promote independence in activities of daily living, and provides information about how to work with family members and caregivers of people with dementia.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

A score of 80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. State 3 differences between dementia and age-related changes in cognition.
  2. Describe one technique each for improving verbal, non-verbal, and non-responsive communication in those with dementia.
  3. Describe one symptom or behavior change you might see during each stage of dementia.
  4. Relate 3 techniques for promoting independence in activities of daily living.
  5. For each stage of dementia, relate one concern or issue you might encounter with family members and caregivers.