Alzheimer's: Symptoms, Treatments, and Ethical Dilemmas (NA2310)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: ACM, CA BRN, CCLCP, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRCC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, MSCC, RNs

Credit Hours: 4

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage. Certificate of Completion is available immediately upon passing the exam.

Course Overview

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and a leading cause of death for older people.  Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal disease sometimes lasting 10 years or more. There is new research on the causes of the disease and several factors that can delay the disease or even prevent its occurrence. Treatment centers on control of behaviors and can include medications and even some alternative and complementary treatments. Caregivers are usually family members and caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients can be difficult and very costly, both financially and emotionally. End of life for patients with Alzheimer's can present ethical dilemmas for healthcare professionals who can look to their Codes of Conduct for guidance.

Course Objectives

  1. Define the disease of Alzheimer's and the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's.

  2. List symptoms and signs of the disease.

  3. Explain the treatment of the disease including CAM.

  4. Describe the possible ways of reducing the risks associated with contracting the disease.

  5. Discuss ways to make caregiving of Alzheimer's patients easier.

  6. Explain the connection between COVID and Alzheimer's.

  7. List the ethical dilemmas associated with Alzheimer's disease, especially at the end of life, and the codes of conduct for solving those dilemmas.

Course Outline

  1. Symptoms and Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

  2. Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

  3. Genetics involved in the Disease

  4. Treatment of Symptoms including Behavioral Symptoms and CAM

  5. Risks and Methods of Reduction for Contracting the Disease

  6. Caregiving with Alzheimer's

  7. COVID and the Connection

  8. National Report on Dementia and Alzheimer's

  9. Social Determinants in the Development of Alzheimer's

  10. Ethics, Codes, and End of Life

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Customer Testimonial

This course has been very helpful in caring for my parents who are elderly and my mom who has recently been diagnosed with Frontal Dementia.
Julie C.