Sometimes referred to as the “crossroads of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease” Lewy Body Dementia is now the second-most common cause of dementia. People who have LBD struggle to find good care because their symptoms are challenging, characterized by great fluctuations in alertness and complex behaviors. This course will help families and professionals understand the clinical indicators to seek appropriate diagnosis (and why that is important); common behavioral manifestations, strategies to manage them, and resources to support the patient and family.
Unit 1 An introduction to LBD
-Symptoms, stages, and disease
-Services and supports
Unit 2 Living with LBD
-Depression, delirium, and dementia
-Adapting to functional challenges
-Rights and responsibilities for care planning
Unit 3 Managing Behavioral Changes
-Hallucinations, delusions, and resistance to care
-Medications which help, medications which hurt
-Advocating and making informed decisions
Unit 4 Caring for the Caregiver
-Stages of caregiving: from denial to advocate
-Options for caregiver wellness
-Legal, financial, and long term care planning
-When more care is needed - helping the caregiver make the decision
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It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here's what you can expect.
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - Friday, March 3, 2017
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