Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
Care managers, social workers, and others who provide services to older people are often the first to notice potential signs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in a client. This course teaches professionals to recognize signs and symptoms of dementia as distinct from normal changes so that they can refer clients for appropriate diagnostic screening, and it emphasizes the role of the social service practitioner in providing appropriate support and care. Discussion includes legal and ethical issues and the implications of ethnic and cultural differences for effective intervention strategies. Case studies and video clips provide compelling illustration. (4 CEUs)
- Awareness of the basic physiological, psychosocial, and cultural contexts of dementia, and the implications for practice.
- Understanding of intervention options and treatment approaches, related ethical concerns, vulnerabilities of older adults, and family and community perspectives.
- Skills and tools to (1) identify potential signs and symptoms of dementia in clients and of related stress in family members, and (2) provide appropriate referral and assistance.