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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Managing Challenging Behaviors

Description: Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia: a disease of the brain. There are other types of dementia, but Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form, accounting for 60-80% of dementias.

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, individuals need help with all activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Sometimes, it can be difficult to give this help, because the disease can cause a person to develop challenging behaviors.

Currently, over 5.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Over the next 30 years, this number will probably double.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the disease process of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Distinguish AD from other common dementia types
  • List risk factors that can contribute to the development of AD in the aging population
  • Identify the symptoms of AD at different stages to assist in assessing an individual’s needs
  • Discuss the concept and benefits of person-centered care
  • Explain methods for preventing and managing difficult behaviors in long-term care residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (ADRD)