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Alzheimer’s Disease

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 1.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
Rated 4.6 out of 5.0 based on 11395 reviews

Course Summary

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that causes profound cognitive and behavioral impairments. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older adults, afflicting approximately 5 million Americans. A person’s genetics, life style, and environment play a part in the development of the disease but the cause of Alzheimer’s is not known. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease for all patients but there can be distinct differences between patients in terms of how they progress. Changes occur slowly and incrementally with some patients experiencing periods called “plateaus,” in which they are stable. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease takes a more rapidly progressive course. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and attempts at finding easily applied preventative measures have not been successful. The treatment for Alzheimer’s disease at this point focuses on symptomatic relief.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Epidemiology
  3. Etiology And Pathophysiology Of Alzheimer's Disease
    1. Environmental Contaminants
    2. Lifestyle and Medical Conditions
    3. Genetics
  4. Clinical Features Of Alzheimer's Disease
    1. Cognitive Impairments
    2. Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease
  5. Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease
  6. Diagnosis Of Alzheimer's Disease
  7. Treatment Of Alzheimer's Disease
    1. Drug Therapy
    2. Environmental and Psychosocial Interventions
    3. The Dice Method
  8. Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?
  9. Summary


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