Alzheimer Disease

This continuing education course is intended to increase the knowledge and skills of those who are called upon to care for people with Alzheimer disease. This course contains a significant amount of information that pertains to necessary care by physicians, nurses, behavioral health professionals, caregivers, and other healthcare professionals. It also includes relevant information for all members of the interdisciplinary team to utilize when ensuring the follow-up and care of patients with Alzheimer disease. In order to support the interdisciplinary team approach, the course includes an appendix with specific nursing and caregiver interventions as well as information about special care facilities.

In order to increase and maintain a reasonable quality of life for patients with Alzheimer disease throughout the course of the disease, caregivers must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the disease. The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with the skills to care for patients with Alzheimer disease in any setting as part of the interdisciplinary team.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Outline the characteristics and impact of Alzheimer disease.
  2. Summarize the pathophysiologic changes in the brain related to dementia and Alzheimer disease.
  3. Describe the different types of memory.
  4. List the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer disease in relation to stage of disease.
  5. Identify the goals and components of the diagnostic workup, including assistance in diagnosing non-English-proficient patients.
  6. Discuss the planning issues facing the family after the diagnosis is made.
  7. Identify components of a therapeutic environment and devise a strategy for managing patients with Alzheimer disease.
  8. Describe the appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities available for Alzheimer disease.
  9. Discuss components of care in working with patients with Alzheimer disease, including rehabilitation and management of coexisting illnesses.
  10. Describe interventions for impaired communication.
  11. Identify and develop safeguards for issues of sexuality and intimacy that may occur in patients with Alzheimer disease.
  12. Apply interventions for maintaining and enhancing nutrition for individuals with Alzheimer disease.
  13. Describe successful approaches and skillfully apply interventions for managing specific behaviors common to patients with Alzheimer disease.
  14. Compare the techniques used for reminiscing, reality orientation, and validation therapy.
  15. Describe and facilitate the care required by those with end-stage Alzheimer disease.
  16. Describe and utilize effective interventions for providing support to family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer disease.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 15.00 ANCC
  • 15.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Available Credit

  • 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 15.00 ANCC
  • 15.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)


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This course is offered through NetCE.

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