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Alzheimer's Care Academy Learning Objectives
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What is Alzheimer’s disease?
 After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. define dementia and Alzheimer’s disease;
2. identify the symptoms of dementia;
3. state several causes of dementia;
4. describe the progression of the disease;
5. discuss risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Communication: how staff can influence the dementia resident
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. understand the person inside all of us
2. enhance communication using words and behavior
3. increase positive ways of interacting with residents and staff

Key ingredients for managing challenging behaviors
After the completion of Part 1, participants will be better able to:
1.  several causes related to difficult behaviors
2.  goals of behavior management
3.  effective vs. ineffective strategies
4. approaches to try...and try again!
5. acknowledge that behaviors, which may be difficult to manage, are NOT intentional

After the completion of Part 2, participants will be better able to:
1. Ways to share their expertise and support each other
2. Approaches to handle challenging behaviors such as agitation, paranoia, and delusions

Helping with hygiene and personal care
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. ways to facilitate bathing and dressing problems
2. appropriate strategies for oral care
3. methods to simplify life

Creative approaches to activity programming
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. functions that activities serve for individuals
2. ways to use the  “Best Friends” model approach
3. methods to incorporate activities into a daily routine

Enhancing mealtime
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. ID challenges for people with dementia re: eating and drinking
2. Describe resident preferences and mealtime history
3. ID what should be observed at mealtime
4. Determine the cause and approach for challenging mealtime situations
5. Describe important features of environment that influence mealtime
6. ID concrete ways to encourage independence
7. Make mealtime a pleasant experience

Reducing pain
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. Define pain
2. Identify pain in residents with dementia
3. Describe different types of pain
4. Successful ways to report pain
5. Strategies to address and respond to pain
6. Ways to prevent pain and improve resident comfort

Sexuality and Intimacy in the Long Term Care setting
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. recognize the impact of staff’s attitude and values concerning sexuality and later life;
2. define sexuality and intimacy and its role in “personhood” throughout life;
3. understand the effects of dementia on sexuality and intimacy;
4. utilize behavioral interventions for modifying inappropriate sexual behavior;

Medical issues in late stage dementia
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. List two primary abnormal structures found upon autopsy
2. List three medications and potential side effects used to treat challenging behaviors
3. Note two helpful tips to enhance your working relationship with the residents’ medical doctors

Touching the spirit; dealing with loss
After the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe three important considerations for enhancing spirituality with residents
2. Define three signs of impending death
3. Describe two ways that the caregiver can comfort the resident and the family during the dying process

Special care needs in late stage dementia
After the completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
1. Learn a proactive approach to care in late stage dementia
2. List 6 common challenges with 2 interventions each to deal with each.

Connecting with the person in late stage dementia
After the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. List three ways of connecting with a resident non-verbally
2. Identify 4 appropriate activities for persons with short attention spans
3. Describe one group activity for later stage persons.
4. Describe three benefits of compassionate touch


 

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