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Dementia: Supporting Caregivers

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     Susan Walters Schmid, PhD
     Stephanie Zeman, RN, MSN

Contact hours: 1.5
AOTA CEUs: 0.15
Expiration date: July 1, 2024
Course price: $19


Course Summary

This course responds to a growing public health concern for those who are caregivers of people with dementia. With growing responsibility for ADLs and IADLs, caregivers find themselves in isolation. Social frameworks including the CARE Act and the RAISE Family Caregivers Act are designed to support caregivers. Practical advice includes learning how caregivers want to receive information and transferring information on medical/nursing tasks and medication management. Finally, this course addresses the role of assessments, mental health and emotional support, and managing stress, while advising that caregivers find ways to take a break from these sometimes-onerous duties.

Target Audience

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

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.15 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. State 3 reasons why caregiver support is a public health concern.
  2. List 4 challenges for healthcare providers working with dementia care recipients and their caregivers.
  3. Name 5 ways you can support caregivers who are caring for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  4. Name 6 risks for caregivers as they are providing support for people who have dementia.

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