Alzheimer’s Disease Classes

 Pain in Alzheimer’s Disease Patients (1.2 contact hours)
  • Give a definition of pain
  • List three misconceptions of pain management in the elderly
  • Describe one study showing how Alzheimer’s patients experience pain
  • Use the PAINAD scale
  • Describe four age-related changes affecting analgesics
  • List key pain principles for giving analgesics to elderly patient
Ins and Outs of Alzheimer’s Medications (1.2 Contact hours)
  • Identify the purpose of medications on the market
  • Identify two types of Alzheimer’s medications and give examples of each type
  • Explain why patients may benefit from taking both type drugs
  • Describe how cholinesterase inhibitors work
  • Describe how the NMDA receptor antagonist drug work
“Why do I act the way that I do?” (1.2 contact hours)
  • List four areas that Alzheimer’s disease affects.
  • Explain why ALZ patients talk increasing more about things in his/her past
  • Demonstrate how an ALZ patient communicates during the End Stage of the disease.
  • Give a definition of receptive aphasia.
  • Name 3 ADLs that an ALZ patient will need help with during the Middle Stage
  • Give a definition of Agnosia
  • Name 3 tips for approaching an ALZ patient
Brain Health: Use It or Lose It (1.2 contact hours)
  • Describe two ways that exercise benefits brain health.
  • Name three social activities that seniors can participate in leading to improved brain health.
  • Participate in a “brain game” that promotes brain health
  • Name foods found in a “Mediterranean Diet”
  • Explain why sleep is important for good brain health.
Snoezelen and Sensory Changes with ALZ Disease Patients (1 contact hour)
  • Name sensory changes with vision, smell, touch, taste and hearing in ALZ pts.
  • Suggest one helpful tip for each of the above mentioned sensory changes: vision, smell, touch, taste and hearing.
  • Describe the concept of Multisensory environments
  • Identify one aromatherapy scent that promotes relaxation and one scent that “awakens” a pt.
  • Suggest one piece of equipment from Babies R Us that may be useful in controlling an Alzheimer’s disease patient’s environment to promote calm.
Rousing the Soul: Spiritual Care for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Patients (1.2 contact hours)
  • List five needs of persons with dementia.
  • Define spiritual care and explain how it differs from religious care
  • With early-stage AD (Alzheimer’s Disease), name two ways that spirituality improved patients QOL (quality-of-life.)
  • Identify four interventions that may rouse spirituality in someone with moderate to late-stage dementia or AD
Safety Considerations for Alzheimer’s Disease Patients (1.2 contact hours)
  • List 3 safety considerations for individuals with ALZ in the early stage of dementia.
  • Name household objects that may be dangerous during the middle & late stages of ALZ disease.
  • Discuss 3 safety strategies for patients who are “wandering.”
  • List 3 examples of emergency situations in a residential community.
  • Discuss 1 plan that a residential community can use to help ensure person-centered care during an emergency.
  • Explain what a “catastrophic reaction” is & list 3 possible triggers for an ALZ patient.