Louisiana Dementia Training: NF-4A

Louisiana Dementia Training: NF-4A 

As a caregiver for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, improving quality of life should be your priority. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the person’s personality and behaviors will likely change, and communication with family members and caregivers will become increasingly more challenging. Because of this decline, individuals in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease will require assistance from you for completion of activities of daily living. Your understanding of and responses to changes can make a big difference in the person’s quality of life.

In part 1 of this module, you will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the effects on the brain, and the 3 main stages.

In part 2, you will learn how this disease affects communication skills as well as strategies you can use for verbal and non-verbal communication.

In part 3, you will learn about behavioral symptoms as a form of communication, the role that understanding the meaning of these behaviors plays in providing person-centered care, and strategies and techniques that you can use to address behavioral symptoms.

In part 4, you will learn the various levels of functional ability in persons with Alzheimer’s disease as well as the guidelines you must follow when providing care.


Hours: 4.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals


This Dementia Training Curriculum has been approved for 4.00 Dementia Training contact hours by Baton Rouge Community College as authorized by the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-LADTNF4A
Hours: 4
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Differentiate between normal aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Identify other conditions that may result in symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer’s disease.
Explain how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain.
Describe the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Differentiate between the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Describe the challenges for caregivers in each stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
Explain how Alzheimer’s disease affects communication skills.
Identify strategies and guidelines for communicating both verbally and non-verbally with those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Define validation therapy and state its usefulness when communicating with those who have Alzheimer’s disease.
Explain the concepts used to identify the meaning of behaviors.
Use person-centered strategies and techniques to address behaviors.
List strategies to manage caregiver stress.
Define activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living.
Identify changes in ADL ability in each of the 3 stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Describe general strategies for success when assisting individuals with activities of daily living.
Indicate specific strategies to use for each of the ADL tasks.


Part 1: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders: An Overview

Section 1: Introduction

A.         About This Course

B.         Learning Objectives

Section 2: Normal Aging, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

A.         Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Normal Aging

B.         Dementia

C.        Irreversible Causes of Dementia

D.        Reversible Causes of Dementia

E.         Review

F.         Summary

Section 3: Understanding the Brain

A.         Neuron Communication

B.         Lost Messages

C.        The Brain

D.        Hippocampus

E.         Temporal Lobe

F.         Frontal Lobe

G.        Occipital Lobe

H.        Parietal Lobe

I.          Review

J.         Summary

Section 4: Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease

A.         Risk Factors

B.         Signs and Symptoms

C.        Diagnosis

D.        Treatment

E.         Research Update

F.         Review

G.        Summary

Section 5: Stages

A.         A Progressive Disease

B.         Early Stage

C.        Middle Stage

D.        Late Stage

E.         Review

F.         Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

A.         Summary

B.         Course Contributor

C.        Resources

D.        References

E.         Congratulations!


Part 2: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders: Communication

Section 1: Introduction

A.         About This Course

B.         Learning Objectives

Section 2: Effect on Communication

A.         Changes in Communication

B.         Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease

C.        Non-Verbal Communication

D.        Communication and Pain

E.         Review

F.         Summary

Section 3: Verbal Communication

A.         Preparation

B.         Short Sentences

C.        Choice

D.        Statements

E.         Asking for Help

F.         Rephrasing

G.        Tone

H.        Patience

I.          What Not to Do

J.         Review

K.         Summary

Section 4: Non-Verbal Communication

A.         Behavior as a Form of Communication

B.         Facial Expressions and Body Language

C.        Eye Contact

D.        Gestures

E.         Touch

F.         Writing

G.        Review

H.        Summary

Section 5: Validation Therapy

A.         Purpose of Validation

B.         Using Validation Therapy

C.        A Conversation with Tom

D.        Review

E.         Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

A.         Summary

B.         Course Contributors

C.        References

D.        Congratulations!


Part 3: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders: Behavior Management

Section 1: Introduction

A.         About This Course

B.         Learning Objectives

Section 2: Identifying the Meaning of Behaviors

A.         Types of Behaviors

B.         The Meaning of Behaviors

C.        Behavior is Communication

D.        Use of Person-Centered Care

E.         The Holistic Assessment

F.         Meet Alice

G.        Behavioral Triggers

H.        Problem-Solving Approach

I.          Meet Bert

J.         Summary

Section 3: Person-Centered Strategies and Techniques

A.         The Plan of Care

B.         What Can You Do?

C.        Addressing Behavioral Triggers

D.        Communication Strategies

E.         Rummaging and Hoarding

F.         Wandering

G.        The Three A’s

H.        Dealing with Confusion

I.          Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors

J.         Resistance to Care

K.         Medication Use

L.         Restraints Are Not the Answer

M.        Caregiver

Instructor: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN worked as a critical care nurse in an Intensive Care Unit of a community hospital and that experience provided significant training in caring for older adults. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college as she received her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as Subject Matter Expert and Content Writer for Relias. She is currently developing her medical writing skills through the University of California San Diego's medical writing program. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN
Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN began working in the healthcare industry in 2000. Lindsey began her journey in the healthcare industry as a medical records clerk for a large Neurosurgical practice in South Florida. She then progressed to a Medical Assistant in 2001 and worked in the settings of orthopedic, primary, urgent care and concierge practices. Lindsey graduated with highest honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2007 with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. As a registered nurse, Lindsey worked mainly with the adult and geriatric populations in the acute care hospital setting. The areas she worked in the hospital included: telemetry, medical/surgical, observation, chest pain and step-down units. While working as a registered nurse, Lindsey continued her education and obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Education in 2015. After obtaining her Masters degree, she taught briefly at a community college in the nursing program as a clinical instructor. During that timeframe Lindsey was also involved in a pharmaceutical trial in which she administered the trial drug and followed one patient throughout the entire process. Lindsey also maintains her clinical skills by working for an after-hours triaging service. In her most recent position, she was a chronic care manager and health coach for Medicare patients enrolled in a digital health program. In this role, she provided health coaching, general wellness tips and diagnosis specific teaching for roughly 1500 patients. She currently serves as a medical content writer and internal subject matter expert for Relias Learning. Disclosure: Lindsey R. Goldberg, MSN-Ed., RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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