Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Currently, more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. Training for the primary care workforce about dementia, and caring for those affected, is essential.

With federal partners and public stakeholders, the Health Resources and Services Administration created a curriculum—16 core modules and four supplemental modules—for health educators to train the primary care workforce about dementia care, and to help providers address caregiver needs.

To promote interprofessional teamwork in the care of persons living with dementia, this curriculum may be used by:

  • Health professions faculty
  • Students
  • Primary care practitioners
  • Members of the interprofessional geriatrics care team
  • Direct service workers

Modules 1-12 contain information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias of particular interest to the primary care workforce. Modules 13-16 specify the roles of specific health care professions in dementia care.  All 16 core modules include a PowerPoint presentation, with detailed notes, and a reference list, to assist with teaching and presentations.

The modules focus primarily on outpatient rather than residential care because the majority of persons living with dementia remain in their homes during the earlier, and some even through later stages, of dementia.

The curriculum modules can be accessed here.

Module List

Module 1: Overview of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia for an Interprofessional Team
Module 2: Diagnosing Dementia
Module 3: Recognizing the Role of Diversity in Dementia Care   
Module 4: Providing and Discussing a Dementia Diagnosis
Module 5: Understanding Early-Stage Dementia for an Interprofessional Team
Module 6: Understanding the Middle Stage of Dementia for the Interprofessional Team
Module 7: Management of Common Medical Conditions Observed During Middle and Late Stages of Dementia
Module 8: Medical Treatments of Dementia
Module 9: Interprofessional Team Roles and Responsibilities
Module 10: Effective Care Transitions to and from Acute Care Hospitals
Module 11: Ethics and Capacity Issues
Module 12: Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Persons Living with Dementia
Module 13: Clinical Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists: Practicing with Persons Living with Dementia and their Care Partners 
Module 14: The Role of Acute Care Staff in Emergency Departments (EDs) and Hospitals for Persons Living with Dementia
Module 15: Role of the Pharmacist in the Management of Persons living with dementia
Module 16: Dentistry and Dementia

Creating Partnerships to Provide the Saavy Caregiver Program

Shawnee Alliance in collaboration with SIU-Family Practice Memory Clinic, SIU-School of Social Work Dr. Elaine Jurkowski and the Carbondale Regional Alzheimer representative will be offering the Savvy Caregiver Program course starting in September 28th thru November 2nd.

To reach the persons we feel could benefit, the Memory Clinic will be reaching out to their patients and Shawnee Alliance will be reaching out to Family Caregiver clients we are aware of.

There are a few unique opportunities being offered:

  • The care receivers will either be in the Memory Clinic testing or being cared for by Dr. Jurkowski “Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)” group.
  • The care givers will be in the “Savvy Caregiver” program.
  • All will be located in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale complex, with ADS in Carbondale also being approached to assist if unable to participate in the CST.
  • We will have telephonic access available as well as Care Coordinators from Shawnee Alliance will offer face to face in the home if necessary.

For more information about the program (or how to think about setting up a similar one in your community), please contact:

Marsha Nelson
Community Service Unit Director
Shawnee Alliance
Phone:  618-985-8322 or 618-956-9627

Health Care Professionals: Online course for Practical Discussions about Cognitive Impairment with Patients

Discussing memory concerns with your patients can be difficult. Alzheimer’s and other dementias are complex, and patients often have a lot of questions and concerns.

To help you prepare for these visits, the Alzheimer’s Association® presents Challenging Conversations About Dementia.

The five-module online course covers:

  1. Counseling the Worried Well Patient: Review of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Risk Factors
  2. Diagnosing the Cause of Dementia: Why Is This Important?
  3. The Road Ahead to a Differential Diagnosis: What Can the Patient Expect?
  4. Caring for a Patient Newly Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease: What Needs to be Addressed?
  5. Driving Retirement: Challenging Conversations in Community Mobility

In this free course, you’ll receive information to confidently approach the detection, diagnostic and care-planning process for your patients with cognitive impairment and dementia.

Complete this course at alz.org/FreeCME.

NIA/ACL/CDC Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Webinar Series for Professionals

Get up to speed on the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia, and learn what you need to know to inform, educate, and empower community members, people with dementia, and family caregivers. Presented by the National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Free continuing education credit is available (CNE, CEU, and CECH)!

Webinar 1: Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources You Can Use
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

1:00-2:30pm Eastern Time
Noon-1:30 Central Time
11:00am-12:30pm Mountain Time
10:00-11:30am Pacific Time

To register: go to nih.webex.com, enter event # 628 629 619

This webinar will provide an update on Alzheimer’s and dementia issues and resources, including:

• What’s new with consumer, caregiver, and professional resources on dementia

• Helpful resources on areas of special interest:
o Veterans and their caregivers
o Financial exploitation
o Depression & dementia

• How the federal government is implementing the National Alzheimer’s Plan, including the overall direction of the plan and its 2017 changes

Presenters:
• Tanya Friese, DNP, RN, CNL USN (Ret.), Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Educational Coordinator, Road Home Program, Rush University Medical Center

• Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, Director, Institute of Gerontology and Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University

• Lisa McGuire, PhD, Lead, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, CDC

• Mark Snowden, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington

• Amy Wiatr-Rodriguez, MSW, Aging Services Program Specialist, ACL

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friendly America, a national collaborative just launched the Dementia Friends program in the United States. Dementia Friends is a global initiative that began in the United Kingdom and aims to empower and educate individuals about dementia.

Dementia Friends is designed to raise awareness about dementia and educate individuals and communities about how they can best support and interact with people living with dementia.

The program accomplishes this via an online training that includes a series of short videos and encourages people to commit to take action. A brief introductory video about the aim of the program is available.

Become a Dementia Friend by going to www.DementiaFriendsUSA.org. From there you can become a Dementia Friend by committing to an activity that will help someone in your community with dementia.

CATCH-ON Online Educational Modules are Available!

CATCH-ON collaborators and partners, in consultation with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), older adults, family caregivers, and technical experts, developed online education modules for health and aging professionals and for lay learners that is person-centered and appropriate for a diverse older adult population.  The modules are free and you can receive 1 CE/CME/CNE. Our first set of basics modules cover the following topics, with versions for professionals, and for older adults/families:

  • Normal Aging
  • Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions
  • Evaluating Memory Concerns
  • Interprofessional Teams and Older Adults

Please visit CATCH-ON today to participate in our basics modules for professionals and for older adults and families.

2016 Webinar Series: Caring for Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias – Save the Date!

Resources for Integrated Care is a contract through the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) that supports providers in their efforts to deliver more integrated, coordinated care to Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. The Resources for Integrated Care develops technical assistance and actionable tools based on successful innovations and care models.

 

Based on continued interest in the content that was originally presented in 2015, the four webinars below will be presented again this summer. Continuing Medical Education will be offered for these webinars through the American Geriatrics Society, and Continuing Education credits will be available through the National Association of Social Workers at no cost to the participants.

• Presentation and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease – Tuesday June 14th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies needed for the assessment and diagnosis of cognitive impairment in older adults. The assessment process includes a careful history, physical examination, functional, cognitive, and social/economic assessments, and selected laboratory and radiological tests. Effectively communicating the diagnosis to patients and their family/caregivers is a critical part of the diagnostic process. Register at this link: https://optum.webex.com/optum/onstage/g.php?MTID=e954cca508f92640b1820f67a335d0558

• After the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease: Preparing the Patient and Caregivers – Thursday June 30th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies in delivering primary care to individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or related dementias. The clinical presentation of AD and the rate of progression varies among affected individuals, but early-, middle-, and late-stage disease result in distinctive symptoms, and challenges for the affected individual,

family/caregivers, and the clinical team. The overall goal of a patient-centered treatment plan is to enhance quality-of-life; maximize functional ability; and maintain or improve cognition, mood, and behavior. Register at this link: https://optum.webex.com/optum/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea1a6a6cee1dced79d9760e071143dce5

• Care Transitions to and from the Hospital for Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease – Tuesday July 19th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies on how to best prepare and ease the difficulties surrounding care transitions, particularly to and from a hospital environment for adults with dementia. During transitions of care, communication — between the individual with dementia and his or her family, within the home care team, and among all providers involved in caring for the person — is especially important to ensure medication safety, understanding of the care plan, clarity of roles and responsibilities, and care coordination. Registration link coming soon!

• Understanding and Responding to Behavioral Symptoms among Individuals with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias- Thursday August 4th, 12:00 to 1:30pm ET: This webinar presents core competencies most fundamental to understanding and managing behavioral symptoms associated with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Practical non-pharmacologic interventions for specific behavioral symptoms will be described and the evidence for the risks and benefits of pharmacological interventions will also be reviewed. Registration link coming soon!