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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.
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Lesson 1: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?Alzheimer's disease afflicts millions of seniors around the world, and causes not only physiological but mental damage to the body.
Lesson 2: Is It Alzheimer's or Something Else?It's understandable that many people worry that if one person in their family has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, chances are they'll get it too. This isn't necessarily true.
Lesson 3: Stages of Alzheimer'sAlzheimer's disease is a gradual and progressive disease, meaning that it grows worse as time goes on.
Lesson 4: Home SafetyIt is not particularly difficult, expensive or time-consuming to adapt a home to make it a safer environment for an elderly person.
Lesson 5: What If I Have Alzheimer's?What would you do if you were diagnosed with Alzheimer's? Consider the ramifications. If you are like most people, your first reaction will be denial, and then fear.
Lesson 6: Legal and Financial PlanningIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you have to make plans.
Lesson 7: Dealing with BehaviorsAt the beginning of this course, we mentioned that a person with Alzheimer's disease may eventually show changes in behavior and personality.
Lesson 8: Caregiver StressThere is no doubt about it; taking care of a relative or loved one in the elderly years can be one of the most rewarding experiences an individual can hope to accomplish.
Lesson 9: Culture-centered CareThe trend in health care today is moving toward person-centered or culture-centered care and changes in the approach and delivery of health care services.
Lesson 10: Late-stage CareThe overall physical comfort of an individual experiencing the late stages of Alzheimer's is the primary focus of loved ones and caregivers.
Lesson 11: 10 Things to RememberAs we head into the last lesson of this basic introductory course regarding Alzheimer's disease, we will leave you with 10 things to remember when working with an individual diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define what Alzheimer's Disease is.
- Identify stages of Alzheimer's.
- Summarize home safety for persons with Alzheimer's.
- Identify what to do and how to cope if you have Alzheimer's.
- Summarize 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.
|Lesson 1 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 1: What Is Alzheimer's Disease?||Exam||10|
|Lesson 2 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2: Is it Alzheimer's or Something Else?||Exam||10|
|Lesson 3: Stages of Alzheimer's||Exam||9|
|Lesson 4 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4: Home Safety||Exam||7|
|Lesson 5: What If I Have Alzheimer's?||Exam||10|
|Lesson 6 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 6: Legal and Financial Planning||Exam||9|
|Lesson 7: Dealing With Behaviors||Exam||10|
|Lesson 8: Caregiver Stress||Exam||10|
|Lesson 9 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9: Culture Centered Care||Exam||9|
|Lesson 10: Late Stage Care||Exam||8|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11: 10 Things to Remember||Exam||10|
|The Final Exam||Exam||48|
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