As baby boomers age, the 21st century workforce is challenged to care for an exponentially growing population of persons with dementia. This course provides essential knowledge and understanding about neurological diseases that affect cognition and memory, and practical application of effective skills for supporting persons with dementia. Nearly all disciplines benefit from expertise in Dementia Care Specialists, as do families of persons with dementia.
Come away with increased knowledge in how to care for persons with dementia. Expertise in this growing area of human services also enhances your resume.
Two month course, Pamela Atwood, Hebrew Health Care, instructor.
Optional Recommended Further Reading
The 36-Hour Day, Nancy Mace & Peter Rabins
Learning to Speak Alzheimer's, Joanne Koenig-Coste
Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror, Cameron Camp
An Introduction to Cognition and Aging
-Normal Cognition & Aging
-Myths about Memory Loss
Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders
-“Pigs Disease?” - the Related Disorders
-Younger Onset AD
Stages of Progressive Memory Loss
Family Caregivers: Issues and Action Steps
-The Evolving Caregiver
-Avoiding Role Reversal
-Finance and Legal Issues
-Special Issues: Driving, Household Management & Wandering
-Red Flag Issues
Options in Care
-When is more care needed?
Managing Moderate Dementia
-Changes in Communication
-Psychological Issues: Emotions, Hallucinations & Delusions
-Common Behavioral Manifestations
-Total Engagement: Arts-based Interventions for Wellness
-Humor and a Lighthearted Perspective
Caring for People with Moderate to Severe Dementia
-Anticipating and Assisting with Personal care needs
-Engagement in Living
-Critical Care: Pain Management, Challenging Behaviors, and Safety Issues
-Wellness through Person Centered Care
With Love and Compassion: End of Life Issues
-True Options: Advance Directives
-Palliative Care and Hospice
-Nutrition, Ambulation and End Stage Needs
About 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.
How 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.
Participate 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.
What 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.