Louisiana Dementia Training: ARC-2

Louisiana Dementia Training: ARC-2 

As a caregiver for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, improving quality of life should be your number 1 priority. Doing so means providing person-centered care and an environment that focuses on the individual’s abilities and needs.

As you proceed through this module, you must always keep in mind that Alzheimer’s disease does not affect every person the same. Because of this it is critical for you to know as much as you can about the person you are caring for.

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 of Alzheimer’s disease.

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. You will also learn strategies for communicating with someone who is non-communicative.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals


This Dementia Training Curriculum has been approved for 2.00 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-LADTARC2
Hours: 2
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.


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!

Instructor: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Elizabeth Kellerman MSN, RN started in nursing in 2007 after graduating from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. While working in a critical care unit at Sutter Mills-Peninsula Hospital she earned her CCRN and TNCC. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college while working to receive 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. Disclosure: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN 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: Intermediate level General Staff; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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