Alzheimer's: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Ethical Dilemmas (NA1802)

Author(s): Patsy Barnes, RN, BA

Pre-Approved for: CA BRN, CCM, CDMS, CE Broker Provider, CLCP, COHN/COHN-S, CRC, CRRN, CVRP, Delaware BON, RNs, RRP

Credit Hours: 4

Course Format

This course is online. All course material is available online and is accessible immediately after purchase from your account homepage.

Course Overview

In this course, we will present an overview of Alzheimer’s with a focus on causes, risk factors, and diagnosis. We will also review the different options available to help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. We will discuss the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We will then provide tips for managing difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s, as well as different medications that can be used.

We will then discuss end of life care challenges, decision-making, and the ethical dilemmas associated with end of life and Alzheimer’s. We will present the codes of conduct for CCM, CRC, and CDMS in the context of these challenges.

This course is ETHICS PRE-APPROVED for CCM, CDMS, CRC, and RRP 

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease

  2. Present the tests done to diagnose Alzheimer's

  3. Explain the difficult behaviors associated with Alzheimer's and methods to manage those behaviors

  4. List the risks for Alzheimer's disease and possible ways to prevent the disease

  5. Discuss the ethical dilemmas presented at end of life regarding Alzheimer's disease and what the codes of conduct state regarding those dilemmas.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and difference between dementia and Alzheimer's

  2. Overview of Alzheimer's disease

  3. DSM-5 changes in dementia and Alzheimer's

  4. Tests and treatments for Alzheimer's

  5. Myths about Alzheimer's disease

  6. Prevention of Alzheimer's disease

  7. Caregivers guide for Alzheimer's

  8. End of life and ethics of dementia including ethical codes of conduct for CRC, CCM and CDMS

Customer Testimonial

The case studies were very beneficial in understanding the ethical issues that can arise from the different scenarios. The end of life decisions for patients with dementia and Alzheimers can be ery difficult.
Cynthia M.