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   Designed for family caregivers dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, Lewy-Body Dementia or other conditions which cause significant memory problems. In addition to basic information about dementia, this 4-week course will cover essential elements to address throughout the illness, common health complications, and tips from professional care providers who deliver person-centered care. Use of materials and internet will facilitate learning and maximize competence in care-giving beyond the end of the course.  Your instructor is an authority on dementia.
One month online course; Pamela K. Atwood, MA, CDP, QDCP, CLL, instructor
Unit 1
The Educated Advocate
·         Basics of Memory Loss
·         Effective Services & Support Resources
·         Talking with health care professionals
·         Family Dynamics
·         Introduce personal action plans
Unit 2
Universal Precautions
·         Driving
·         Advance Directives
·         Financial resources
·         Wandering
·         Medication Management
·         Falls
·         End of Life issues/Hospice
·         Develop steps for action plans
Unit 3
Health Complications
·         Urinary Tract Infections
·         Upper Respiratory Infections
·         Other sources of excess disability (B12, thyroid, etc.)
·         Mini-strokes
·         Falls with injury
·         Medication side effects
·         Arthritis, old injuries, headaches and other sources of pain
·         Skin health
·         Nutrition/hydration
Unit 4
Personal Care with the Personal Touch: Tips from the Pros
·         Definitions of person-centered approaches
·         Utilizing reminiscence and life review
·         The power of a meaningful life
·         Creating joy
·         Quick personal care tips
·         Comfort vs. cure

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
-Next session coming soon-

$149 USD

Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs


About Your Instructor


Pamela K. Atwood, MA, CDP, QDCP, CLL, is Director of Life Enrichment & Dementia Care at Hebrew Health Care, Inc., of West Hartford, Connecticut.

Pamela Atwood has worked with older adults professionally for more than 20 years, and in 2001 earned a Master's Degree in Gerontology and Human Development from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford. She is accredited through the National Council of Certified Dementia
Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives

-To educate family members about memory disorders and normal vs. abnormal memory changes related to aging,
-To prepare caregivers for universal issues related to independence including driving, finance management, decision-making, and supporting increasing care needs.
- To provide approaches to caring that facilitate positive relationships and avoid role violation.
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal memory loss.
- Create personal action plans for addressing independence which promote control and safety.
- List at least 3 physiological changes which present delirium and identify resolution strategies.
- Compare and contrast effective direct care strategies which consider personality, function and maximizing wellness.
Completion Requirements