The Dementias: Hope Through Research (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the different types of dementia and includes an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal disorders, Lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia.  Causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment are discussed.  Risk factors for dementia and cognitive impairment are also explored.  The course includes research supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Aging.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

“Book  Open the Course Reading Here.

The Dementias Hope Through Research- published by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet- published by the National Institute on Aging

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills and knowledge by exploring the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

Learning Objectives:  Compare different types of dementia.  Identify risk factors for dementia and cognitive impairment.  Describe diagnosis and treatment options.

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1: ______________ is the primary risk factor for developing dementia.
2: When a person is affected by more than one dementia disorder, the dementia can be referred to as a __________ dementia.
3: Which is the most common cause of dementia in older adults?
4: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) involves changes in
5: What is one of the most common causes of dementia, after Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?
6: Persons with VCID ____________ have abnormalities in the brain on magnetic resonance imaging scans.
7: Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal disorders, and Lewy body dementia are proteinopathies because they involve
8: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare brain disorder that is characterized by _________ progressing dementia.
9: People with CTE may develop dementia, poor coordination, slurred speech, and other symptoms similar to those seen in Parkinson's disease ________ or more after the injury.
10: Most studies suggest that regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol increases the risk of dementia.
11: Recent advances in ___________ can detect amyloid plaques and tau tangles in Alzheimer's disease.
12: Most drugs for Alzheimer's disease are used to
13: Many of the medications used to treat the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease _________ the cognitive problems.
14: What is the leading federal funder of research on nervous system disorders, including dementia?
15: For the following questions, please refer to the Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet//  In most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear in their
16: The damage from Alzheimer's disease initally appears to take place in the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex, parts of the brain essential in forming
17: Which of the following factors are a possible cause of Alzheimer's disease?
18: FDA-approved medications for Alzheimer's disease may help with all of the following except:

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 2 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.