Understanding Dementia Care

Understanding Dementia Care 

In-depth definition of dementia symptoms, specific types of dementia, and possible causes. This program will take participants through a dynamic process of care strategies from preadmission through the progression of the disease including late stage complications. Activities are analyzed with particular emphasis on quality of life issues. Research, new trends in care, pharmacological management of dementia as well as self analysis of the quality of care carried out will also be discussed.


Hours: 6.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants


This is not an accredited course for professional license renewal. Florida CNAs may use this inservice toward meeting their annual inservice requirement.This activity is approved for 6.00 contact hours.

Oregon Department of Human Services


This course is approved as continuing education by the Oregon Department of Human Services in accordance with state regulation 411-057-0140 for Assisted Living Administrators, Residential Care facility Administrators and Memory Care Communities within the State of Oregon. This activity is approved by Oregon Department of Human Services for 6.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PAC-0-SP020
Hours: 6
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the major parts of the brain and the role of each
Briefly discuss how the neurons in our brain work
Define dementia and describe the symptoms of dementia
Describe in detail the decline in mental abilities, or cognition, associated with dementia
Distinguish between reversible and irreversible dementia's
List four causes of reversible dementia
List five irreversible dementia diseases
Explain the examinations and tests used to diagnose dementia
Describe the 5 areas assessed in a mini--mental state examination
Identify the leading cause of dementia in older adults
Describe 8 disease that cause dementia, including the causes and characteristics of each
Explain 5 common co-morbid medical conditions among elderly residents with dementia, including signs/symptoms, causes, and interventions
Discuss the special physical and ADL needs and care considerations for persons with dementia
Discuss the pre-appraisal assessment and service planning for a resident with dementia
List five ways you can help a resident having problems with activities of daily living
List five ways you can help a resident having problems with eating and nutrition
List three interventions that should be followed by the caregiver when assisting the client with dysphagia to eat
Name the causes of skin breakdown
Name five ways you can help a resident maintain a good skin condtion
Discuss the causes of incontinence
Name three interventions to keep resident continent for as long as possible
List five ways you can help a resident who is having problems with incontinence
Describe why dementia residents may experience more falls
Discuss ways to help prevent falls.
Define the "three Ds"
Discuss important questions to ask when conducting a behavior and social assessment of a resident
Identify five key factors to consider to determine the appropriateness of a resident placement in your community
Explain the Solution focused Model
Describe appropriate changes in the focus of activities for each of the three stages of dementia
Explain the core activity programs that should be offered
Define Resident Centered Care
Discuss the medications used for the treatment of dementia and the symptoms of dementia


  1. Understanding Dementia Care: Module 1

  2. Important Notice

  3. Course Description

  4. Course Objectives

  5. Terminology

  6. Quizzes and Check for Understanding

  7. Pretest

  8. Module 1: Introduction

  9. Fundamental Precepts of Good Dementia Care

  10. Care vs. Management

  11. Anatomy of the Brain

  12. Functional Areas of the Brain

  13. Review: The Brain

  14. Introduction to Dementia

  15. Section Summary

  16. Types and Causes of Dementia

  17. Section Summary

  18. Diagnosing Dementia

  19. Assessment of Clinical Features

  20. Medical History and Medications

  21. Patient History

  22. Physical Exam

  23. Mental Status Testing

  24. Mini-Mental State Exam

  25. Laboratory Test

  26. Neurologic Examination

  27. Brain Imaging

  28. Computed Tomography Scan

  29. CT Scan Examples

  30. Magnetic Resonance Imaging

  31. MRI Example

  32. Electroencephalography

  33. Position Emission Tomography

  34. Pet Scan

  35. Single Photon emission computed tomography scan

  36. Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy imaging

  37. Diagnostic Test Summary

  38. Understanding Dementia Care Module: 2

  39. Alzheimer’s Disease

  40. Amyloid Plaques

  41. Amyloid Precursor Protein

  42. Neurofibrillary Tangles

  43. Changes in the Brain: Preclinical

  44. Lewy Body Dementia

  45. Vascular Dementia

  46. Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia

  47. Normal pressure hydrocephalus

  48. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

  49. Huntington’s Disease

  50. AIDS Dementia Complex

  51. Module 3

  52. Co-morbidity

  53. Physical Care of Residents with Dementia

  54. Pre-appraisal

  55. Fundamentals of ADL Care

  56. Incontinence Care

  57. Module 4

  58. The Three “D’s”

  59. Behavioral History and Social Assessment

  60. Managing Behavior

  61. Activities

  62. Medications in Dementia Care

  63. End of Lesson Quiz

  64. End of Lesson

Instructor: Anne Zimmerman, RN
Disclosure: Anne Zimmerman, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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