The Dementias: Hope Through Research (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores types of dementia, causes, signs, and symptoms.  Risk factors are discussed along with how dementia is diagnosed and treated.

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

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Publisher:  National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke, National Institute on Aging

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

Learning Objectives:  Describe the criteria that must be met for a person to be considered to have dementia.  Explain the role of the tau protein in some dementias.  Describe risk factors for vascular dementia.  Describe diagnosis and treatment options.

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1: ___________ is the most common form of dementia in those over the age of 65.
2: As many as half of all people age _________ or older may have some form of dementia.
3: For a person to be considered to have dementia, ________ or more core mental functions must be impaired and the loss of brain function is severe enough that a person cannot do normal, everyday tasks.
4: Which of the following types of dementia result in progressive and irreversible loss of neurons and brain functions?
5: Tauopathies are associated with  ____________ of the protein, tau.
6: Frontotemporal disorders account for up to ______________ of all dementia cases.
7: In frontotemporal disorders, changes to  nerve cells in the brain's ___________  lobes affect the ability to reason and make decisions, prioritize and multitask, act appropriately, and control movement.
8: Clinically, FTD is classified into two main types of syndromes affecting
9: Progressive supranuclear palsy is _____________.
10: What is one of the most common causes of dementia, after Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia?
11: With Dementia with Lewy bodies, which symptoms usually occur first?
12: Parkinson's disease dementia is a type of
13: Vascular dementia and vascular cognitive impairment are caused by
14: Multi-infarct dementia is a type of
15: Single-infarct dementia is more common when stroke affects the _____________ side of the brain.
16: Autopsy studies looking at the brains of people who had dementia suggest that a majority of those age 80 and older probably had ______________.
17: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
18: Children of people with Huntington's have a ___________ chance of having the disorder.
19: Dementia-like symptoms occurring after a fall would most likely be due to
20: Dementia due to nutritional deficiencies of vitamin B1 is most likely due to
21: Dementia resulting from anoxia commonly occurs in people who survive
22: Most studies suggest that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol
23: Which of the following is a risk factor for dementia?
24: Which test records patterns of electrical activity in the brain, to check for abnormal electrical brain activity.
25: Most drugs for dementia are used to
26: Drugs available for managing dementia with Lewy bodies
27: Vascular dementia is often managed with drugs to prevent
28: What is the leading federal funder of research on nervous system disorders?
29: Current areas of scientific research on dementia include

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. 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.