Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia 

Dementia is a common condition that you will likely encounter when caring for clients in their home. This course provides an overview of dementia, its causes and stages, communication techniques you can use, and strategies for preventing or managing behavioral symptoms.

As you progress through this course, it is important to remember that every person is unique. They may not have all the symptoms or issues presented here. Additionally, the interventions outlined may not be effective for everyone. To be effective in caring for persons with dementia, you must use person-centered care that focuses on each client’s specific needs and abilities while following their service plan.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2024
Learning Objectives:
Describe dementia.
Recognize the stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
Use appropriate communication techniques for those with dementia.
Use strategies to prevent and manage behavioral symptoms in those with dementia.
Recognize dementia-related behaviors.


Section 1: Introduction

A. About This Course

B. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Understanding Dementia

A. Dementia

B. Alzheimer's Disease

C. Dementia Versus Normal Aging 

D. The 3 Stages 

E. Early Stage

F. Middle Stage

G. Late Stage

H. Behaviors

I. Review

J. Summary

Section 3: Caring for Clients with Dementia 

A. Person-Centered Care

B. Show-and-Tell

C. Communicating 

D. The BIG "Don’ts"

E. General Tips for Behaviors

F. Managing Specific Behaviors

G. Restraints

H. Review

I. Summary 

Section 4: Conclusion

C. Summary

D. Course Contributor

E. Resources

F. References

G. 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.
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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