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Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, 1 unit

Image: Alzheimers Disease


Author: Lauren Robertson, BA, MPT

Contact hours: 1
AOTA CEUs: 0.1
Expiration date: December 31, 2024
Course price: $10

Course Summary

This training is for those of you who have direct contact with patients experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia or related disorder. It is designed to increase your awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

The first section of the course 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 the different stages. The last part of the course discusses communication challenges at the different stages of dementia, including patients with dementia who are receiving hospice, 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*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.1 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. Name 3 properties of dementia.
  2. Name 3 differences between normal, age-related changes and the changes seen in dementia.
  3. Describe the first symptom you are likely to notice in someone in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Give one characteristic each for Alzheimer’s, frontal-temporal, vascular, and Lewy body dementia.
  5. Relate 1 symptom and behavioral change at each stage of Alzheimer’s disease
  6. Describe 2 challenges facing caregivers at each stage of dementia.
  7. Outline 3 strategies for communicating with residents at each stage of dementia.
  8. Describe 4 problems faced by someone caring for a family member with dementia who is also on hospice.

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