Lewy Body Dementia (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores Lewy body dementia, a common and disabling brain disorder that affects one’s ability to think and move.  The course describes causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and management.

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

Course Reading #1:  Lewy Body Dementia Information for Patients, Families, and Professionals

Author:  National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Course Reading #2:  Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Author:  Alzheimer’s Association

Find the 1st reading at:  https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/lewy-body-dementia.pdf

Find the 2nd reading at:  https://www.alz.org/dementia/downloads/topicsheet_lewybody.pdf

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to the brain disorder:  Lewy body dementia.

Learning Objectives:  Compare the types of Lewy body dementia.  Identify causes and risk factors.  Describe common symptoms.  Describe options for treatment and management.

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1: For questions 1-27, please refer to the reading Lewy Body Dementia at https://www.freestatesocialwork.com/articles/lewy-body-dementia.pdf.  There are two types of LBD:  dementia with Lewy bodies and
2: LBD affects more than _____________ individuals in the United States.
3: LBD typically begins at age ___________ or older.
4: The disease lasts an average of _________ from the time of diagnosis to death.
5: In Parkinson's disease dementia, cognitive symptoms develop
6: Lewy bodies affect a few different brain regions in LBD including this region that controls information processing, perception, thought, and language:
7: People with dementia with Lewy bodies first have a decline in
8: Parkinson's Disease dementia starts as a
9: What is considered the greatest risk factor for LBD?
10: The most common LBD symptoms include all of the following except:
11: Movement problems appear before dementia in
12: Visual hallucinations occur in up to _____________ of people with LBD, often early on.
13: Visual hallucinations in LBD are typically
14: Vivid dreaming and talking in one's sleep best describes
15: A delusion that may be seen in LBD is Capgras syndrome in which the person believes
16: Clinicians and researchers use the __________ to diagnose which form of LBD a person has.
17: Janet, a 60 year old, began having trouble managing the responsibilities of her accounting job and was becoming increasingly irritable.    Her thinking and concentration worsened.  A few months later, she developed a tremor in her right hand.  Janet best meets the description for
18: LBD can be diagnosed with certainty with a
19: A person with LBD would benefit from seeing a neurologist who specializes in
20: LBD-related movement symptoms may be treated with a medication called
21: A surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation can be effective in treating the movement symptoms of
22: Which of the following best describes REM sleep behavior disorder?
23: In general, people with LBD benefit from all of the following except:
24: LBD caregivers can best respond to hallucinations and delusions by responding to
25: John, 58, started seeing small children outside his window who were not there.  Eventually, he began talking wtih some of these children, whom he thought were visiting the house.  These hallucinations never scared or threatened John, and they seemed to give him companionship and entertainment.  His wife consulted a doctor who recommended
26: Which type of medication must be used with caution because they can cause severe side effects and worsen movement symptoms for LBD patients?
27: Susan realized that her mother, Estelle, managed best with
28: For questions 28-30, please refer to the article Dementia with Lewy Bodies at https://www.alz.org/dementia/downloads/topicsheet_lewybody.pdf.  Current treatment strategies for DLB focus on
29: What drugs are the current mainstay for treating cognitive changes in Alzheimer's  that may also help DLB symptoms?
30: What type of medication should be used with extreme caution because they may cause serious side effects in as many as 50 percent of those with DLB?

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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.