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Course Description

Welcome to this introductory course on Alzheimer's disease.  As one of the most feared and misunderstood types of dementia affecting the elderly today, understanding Alzheimer's and how it affects the brain is important not only for every individual, but for those diagnosed with the disease, and their caregivers. In this course, students will learn about some of the risk factors and perceived causes of Alzheimer's disease.  Students will learn the most common warning signs of Alzheimer's and differentiating between Alzheimer's symptoms and normal aging processes.

By the end of this course, students will also understand how Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed and classified or staged, with differing symptoms affecting the lifestyle, environment and challenges placed on caregivers. Home safety and the security of loved ones is of primary importance for someone with Alzheimer's disease, and this course covers the basics of how you can adapt the home to create a safe environment for a loved one. Future considerations regarding care, legal and financial planning are also introduced in this course, as are tips and suggestions on dealing with certain behaviors common to Alzheimer's disease including anxiety, confusion and aggression.

No course on Alzheimer's would be complete without addressing caregivers.  Caregiving is an extremely rewarding experience, but may also precipitate a number of challenges and stress. Taking care of the caregivers, and different approaches and expectations of care based on culture will be discussed.

Knowing what to expect during the latter stages of the Alzheimer's disease process and suggestions of things to remember when providing care for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer's will round out this course.  We hope this course will alleviate some of the fear and uncertainty regarding Alzheimer's and provide guidance, understanding and suggestions for compassionate approaches to caregiving and support that you can offer to loved ones or friends diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Course Requirements

This course does not require any previous medical background. Any aged learner (18 or older) is welcome.

This online course contains 11 easy to read lessons which can be completed at own pace (access to course upon enrollment will be available for up to 6 months)

Course Topics

Lesson 1: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?
Lesson 2: Is is Alzheimer's or Something Else?
Lesson 3:Stages of Alzheimer's
Lesson 4: Home Safety
Lesson 5: What if I Have Alztheimer's?
Lesson 6: Legal and Financial Planning
Lesson 7: Dealing With Behaviors
Lesson 8: Caregiver Stress
Lesson 9: Culture Centered Care
Lesson 10: Late Stage Cancer
Lesson 11: 10 Things to Remember

Course Materials

All course material is available within this online course.

Grading Policy

Each lesson is followed by an end of the lesson multiple choice and T/F Quiz . Some of the lessons will be followed by an assignment based on lesson facts and opinions expressed.

70% or higher will be required in order to complete this course.  

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what Alzheimer's Disease is.
  • Identify stages of Alzheimer's.
  • Know home safety for persons with Alzheimer's.
  • Identify what to do and how to cope if you have Alzheimer's.
  • Know legal and financial planning for persons who have or are dealing with people that have Alzheimer's.
  • Describe dealing with behaviors of someone who has Alzheimer's.
  • Recognize caregiver stress when dealing with Alzheimer's patients.
  • Describe culture-centered care and late-stage care, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2: Is it Alzheimer's or Something Else?10
Lesson 3: Stages of Alzheimer's9
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: Home Safety8
Lesson 5: What If I Have Alzheimer's?10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6: Legal and Financial Planning10
Lesson 7: Dealing With Behaviors10
Lesson 8: Caregiver Stress10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9: Culture Centered Care9
Lesson 10: Late Stage Care8
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11: 10 Things to Remember10
The Final Exam50
Total Points:309

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