Non-pharmacological Alzheimer’s Care: Preventing Challenging Behaviors

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Course Description

This webinar covers Reisberg’s retrogenesis theory, effective environmental, interactional, and behavioral interventions to meet needs, focusing on physical and psychological safety, and effective environmental, interactional, and behavioral interventions to prevent or manage difficult communication, resistance and aggression, hallucinations, pacing and wandering, malnutrition.

Overview

Note: The current price reflects a 30% discount to support education during the COVID-19 crisis. The original price is $15.00.

Many behaviors of older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease provide challenges for caregivers. Knowing what to expect and what to do to prevent or manage specific behaviors increases satisfaction of caregivers and care recipients. A framework for rethinking challenging behaviors will provide guidance for choosing effective interventions.

Course Learning Objectives

After viewing this webinar, you will be able to: 

  1. Use Reisberg’s retrogenesis theory to predict behaviors and loss of abilities during progression of the illness.
  2. Select effective environmental, interactional, and behavioral interventions to meet needs, focusing on physical and psychological safety
  3. Select effective environmental, interactional, and behavioral interventions to prevent or manage difficult communication, resistance and aggression, hallucinations, pacing and wandering, malnutrition.

Author

Dr. Sparks has extensive experience working with older adults in multiple healthcare settings. Her doctorate is in adult health nursing, with a concentration in geriatrics and specialization in Alzheimer’s disease. Courses taught include gerontology, research, and advanced practice nursing. She received a grant to develop and implement an undergraduate course and a certificate program about Alzheimer's disease, authored several articles related to delirium and dementia, presents nationally on aging topics, and receive the Distinguished Service Award from the National Gerontological Nursing Association. She has personal as well as professional experience with Alzheimer’s disease.