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Mild Dementia: Promoting Function and Maintaining Independence is a Course

Mild Dementia: Promoting Function and Maintaining Independence


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Full course description




Self-Paced; 2 ½ Hours






What you'll learn:

This module will review mild, early-stage dementia, medical care and expected outcomes; behavioral challenges and strategies; functional changes and support; educational needs; long term planning; managing lifestyle and pleasant events.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review expected changes in memory, thinking, mood, and function in mild dementia
  • Outline necessary medical and symptom management of mild dementia
  • Describe techniques to minimize common behavioral challenges in mild dementia
  • Describe interventions to minimize common safety concerns in mild dementia
  • Summarize key nursing interventions to facilitate the education, pleasant events, and support needs of patients and care partners managing mild dementia.

This is one of five modules in the Caring for Person’s with Alzheimer’s disease and Other Related Dementias and their Families Across the Continuum of Care Series. The overall purpose of the series is to increase the knowledge and skills of nursing and other health care professionals to enable them to facilitate optimal dementia care and family support during all stages of the illness.

This series was made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

What you'll do:

Self-paced voice-enhanced PowerPoint presentations, videos, interactive learning activities, references, call to action, post-test and evaluation.

Who is this course designed for:

Nurses and health care providers in clinical and academic settings. Content may also be of interest and helpful for patients, family members, caregivers and the general public.

What you’ll receive:

Verification of Completion stating title of course and number of hours to complete.

No continuing nursing education contact hours are provided for this course.

About the instructor

Jan Dougherty, R.N., M.S.

Jan Dougherty is director of family and community services at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She has over 20 years experience in the care of older adults with specialization in dementia care. Jan is noted for the development and evaluation of numerous programs that support patients/family caregivers with dementia from early stages to hospice care.