The purpose of this course is to review terms used when providing a medication service to those with dementia or Alzheimer's. Common terms are reviewed along with basic medication concepts. The difference between side effects and an adverse drug reaction are discussed. The learner is engaged in reviewing medications typically used in treating the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's with their associated risks and benefits. Alternatives to medication use and gradual dose reduction are presented.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Facility Services - Group Care Licensure Section (NC-DHHS)
Program Sponsor ID #032316
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 1.0000 clock hours. If you have any feedback regarding the NAB approved continuing education programs, send your email to the following address: [email protected]
This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 1.00 contact hours.
Different Effects with the Elderly
Different Effects: Biotransformation
Assisting with Medications
What is a Medication?
Prescription and OTC Medications
Brand & Generic Names
Brand Versus Generic
Identifying Brand & Generic Names
Medications and Dementia
Medications Slow the Progression
Medication Safety: Everyone’s Responsibility
Medication Safety: Who
Medication Safety: Diligence
Medication Safety: Accuracy
Medication Safety: Duration
Medication Safety: Adverse Effects
The Six Rights of Medication Service
Adverse Drug Reactions
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications
Medications Can Build Up
Side Effects and Interactions
Providers Weigh the Benefits & Risks
Medications with Side Effects that Mimic Dementia Symptoms
Medications with Dementia-Like Symptoms: Review
Signs a Person is in Distress
Pain in Dementia
Methods of Communication
Communication: Verbal Behavior
Communication: Nonverbal Behavior
Behavior Communicates Discomfort
Pain Often Denied by Older Adults
Video: Recognizing Pain
Medication Side Effects
Identifying Side Effects
Changes When a Person Begins New Medications
Consider Symptoms to be Side Effects
Adverse Effect or Normal Aging?
Life-Threatening Adverse Effects: Medical Emergency
Medications for Dementia
Antidepressant Side Effects
Anti-Anxiety Medication Side Effects
Important Alternative: Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Antipsychotic Medications: Original and New
Antipsychotic Medications: Serious Negative Effects
Antipsychotics: Minimize Use
Alternatives to Using Medications
Reducing Antipsychotic Medication Use
Gradual Dose Reduction
Gradual Dose Reduction: Manage Symptoms
Gradual Dose Reduction: Nonmedication Interventions
Right to Refuse
Cynthia McDaniel MSN RN, is a nurse and administrative consultant in long term care. She is the CEO of ElderWise Inc, a senior living consulting and education group. Cynthia has worked as a nurse consultant for the States of Oregon and Washington, a geriatric care manager, a regional director of clinical operations for a senior living company, and an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Her research in assisted living focused on the characteristics of residents in assisted living communities and the role of the nurse in assisted living. Cynthia holds a Master's of Science in Nursing from Gonzaga University in nursing education. She is a Fellow of the Sigma Theta Tau/John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. Disclosure: Cynthia McDaniel, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN
Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN, was a subject matter expert for Relias. She has 25 years of healthcare experience in both acute and post-acute healthcare environments. Her experience includes leadership and management across the healthcare spectrum. She has owned and operated an assisted living business. Carlson's clinical practice includes acute care, long-term acute care, home health and hospice. Carlson has served for over a decade in various board positions for State Nursing Associations, including president. She has been a nurse planner for multiple continuing education events and has experience as a leader in the design and implementation of an ANCC-CNE accredited approver unit for a multi-state nursing consortium. Carlson is certified as Critical Care Registered Nurse. Disclosure: Holly Carlson, MS, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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