Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia for Canada

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia for Canada 

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that destroys a person’s memory and ability to function independently over time. Confusion and memory loss are the hallmark symptoms of each stage, but the implications for care vary greatly from stage to stage and person to person. As individuals transition to the next stage of the disease and their symptoms become more prominent and debilitating, their level of care will increase. The Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016a) estimates that 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia and over 1.1 million Canadians are affected directly or indirectly by the disease. It is also estimated that the disease itself is underdiagnosed, meaning the actual incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is probably much higher. Considering these numbers, as a caregiver, you will likely provide care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and as such need to be knowledgeable about the disease process and care strategies. This course will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and strategies for person-centred care for those with Alzheimer’s disease.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-CAN-SRC-0-UADDC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Establish the difference between normal aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Recognize the ways Alzheimer’s disease alters abilities and behaviours.
Design person-centred care strategies for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Alzheimer’s Disease A. Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease B. Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia C. Causes of Dementia D. Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Normal Aging E. Risk Factors F. Alzheimer’s Disease Progression G. Review H. Summary Section 3: Behaviours and Functional Ability Changes A. The Brain B. Hippocampus C. Temporal Lobe D. Frontal Lobe E. Occipital Lobe F. Parietal Lob G. Aggression and Agitation H. Repetition and Wandering I. Delusions and Hallucinations J. Confusion K. Depression L. Sleep Disorders M. Changes in Ability N. Review O. Summary Section 4: Strategies for Caring For Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease A. Person-Centred Care B. Problem-Solving Approach C. Communication D. Early Stage E. Middle Stage F. Late Stage G. Psychosocial Needs H. Review I. Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. Resources D. References E. Congratulations

Staff Writer: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N.

Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has over 25 years of clinical and teaching experience, and her areas of expertise are critical care and home health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Virginia in 1993 and her Master of Science in Nursing from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1996. Her professional practice in education is guided by a philosophy borrowed from Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing, "I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose, I venture to give her some hints." 

Disclosure: Jennifer W. Burks, M.S.N., R.N. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Peggy Hewson, BScN, MaED
Peggy is a Health Services professional with over 38 years of progressive Nursing, Education, and Health Management experience including Critical Care Emergency Nursing, Case Management, and Home Care Senior Management. As Director of Product Management, Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centre’s, she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of software product delivery including implementation and constant improvement of a provincial home care solution and assessment solution for the Province of Ontario. Peggy is highly skilled in all aspects of communication and education, including facilitation, presentations, Disclosure: Peggy Hewson, BScN, MaED has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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