OT Treatment Strategies for Dementia

OT Treatment Strategies for Dementia 

As the number of individuals with dementia increases, the OT is in a unique position to improve the quality of life in those with dementia. Enhancing function, promoting relationships, and social participation, and finding ways for those with dementia to enjoy life are the keys to successful occupational therapy intervention. Caregiver education and training are also key to reduce the effects of caregiver burnout.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-693928.

Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy


This course has been approved by the Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.00 contact hours, approval number 20-693928.

American Occupational Therapy Association


Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Category 1 & 2. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-OTSD
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of occupational therapy in the management of persons with dementia.
Illustrate 3 areas that OTs can help improve the ability to perform basic activities of daily living in those with dementia.
Describe 4 ways that OTs can alter the environment to maximize client safety.
Describe 3 types of technology that OTs can recommend to maximize client safety.
Illustrate 4 strategies that can help improve functional ability in those with dementia.

Section 1: What is Dementia?


Knowledge Check

Section 2: Types of Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease

Vascular Dementia

Frontotemporal Dementia

Parkinson’s Disease

Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Wernicke-Korsakoff Disease

Huntington’s Disease

Posterior Cortical Atrophy

Knowledge Check

Section 3: Scales for Rating Dementia

Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)/Reisberg Scale

Functional Assessment Staging Test (FAST)

Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) Scale

Knowledge Check

Section 4: OT Assessments for Dementia

Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

Clock Drawing Test

Walking While Talking Test

Short Orientation-Memory-Concentration Test

Frontal Behavioral Inventory

Bayer Activities of Daily Living Scale

Kettle Test

Caregiver Strain Index

Knowledge Check

Section 5: OT Strategies for Managing Dementia


Managing Client Resistance During BADLs

Managing Wandering Behaviors Using Technology

Music Therapy

Physical Exercise

Dementia and Driving

Caregiver Education, Training, and Respite

Knowledge Check


Instructor: Tameika McLean, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM

Tameika McLean is an occupational therapist working in the Washington, DC area. She has worked in the acute care, acute rehabilitation, subacute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient settings. She graduated from Columbia University with an MS in Occupational Therapy in 2014.

Disclosure: Tameika McLean, MS, OTR/L, CAPS, ECHM 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 Occupational Therapists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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