Alzheimer’s Disease CE Course
Psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, allied health professionals, nurses, general practice physicians, and students, interns, and trainees of these disciplines.
The purpose of this activity is to expand the student’s overall knowledge about neurocognitive disorders and its differential diagnoses, with a special attention to the Alzheimer’s disease.
- The various types of degenerative disorders are often mixed up, due to all types of dementia sharing some commonalities.
- Differential diagnosis among different types of neurocognitive disorders can be quite challenging.
There is an estimate of 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is predicted to raise to 14 million in 30 years. It is the 6th leading cause of death in USA. Early diagnosis can help but only 16% of seniors receive regular screening for cognitive deficits (Alzheimer’s Association, 2019).
Alzheimer’s disease confers 60-80% of all cases of dementia (APA, 2015). The challenge to diagnose this disorder lies on the fact that the symptoms may mimic those of other neurodegenerative disorders. There is not one single test or exam on a living individual that can accurately diagnosis Alzheimer’s, it may require a combination of tests and observed symptoms to close the diagnosis.
Alzheimer’s displaying symptoms are mostly common among other neurodegenerative disorders, but there will be particularities that show strong indication of Alzheimer’s disease.
By the end of this course learners will be able to:
- Define neurodegenerative disorders
- Identify the Alzheimer’s type of neurocognitive disorders
- Establish therapeutic milieu when treating patients with neurodegenerative disorders
- Identify treatment options that could delay the progress of the illness, improve symptoms, assist in preserving functional level
Meet your instructor: Karen B. Silva PhD, MSFN, RN-BC. Board certified nurse in Mental Health and Psychiatric nursing. Has a doctoral degree in general psychology, and two master’s degrees in Advance practice Nursing in Adult and Geriatric Health and Forensic Nursing. Over 30 years of experience in psychiatric nursing and over 12 years in education. Currently work as an Education Program Coordinator and Instructor of Psychiatry in a large hospital in Los Angeles, CA.
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