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

New Resource Available on Person Centered Dementia Care in the Hospital Setting

Many older adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, or ADRD, experience preventable hospitalization. It is imperative for care team members, including healthcare professionals and family members, to understand the nuances of providing care within this setting. CATCH-ON staff and partners developed a free online course that covers the following important concepts:

  • Module 1: Common causes of hospitalization and how to best provide person-centered care in the hospital setting.
  • Module 2: Communication considerations that facilitate trust, understanding, and person-centered dementia care. We will also focus on person-centered plans of care and discharge plans for hospitalized individuals living with ADRD.
  • Module 3: Function, safety, and developing a person centered plan of care through discharge from the hospital setting.

Completing all 3 modules provides 1 free CE/CME/CNE or Certificate of Completion. Each set of modules should not take more than 1 hour to complete and can be done in multiple sittings.
Enroll today! Please visit http://www.catch-on.org to complete the modules.

New Resource Available on the Treatment of Behavioral Changes in Persons with Dementia

When faced with a dementia diagnosis, it can be difficult to determine the best course of care. CATCH-ON staff and partners developed free online education that:

  • Takes an in-depth look at the nonpharmacologic interventions available to persons living with ADRD and their caregivers
  • Explores pharmacologic interventions that can also address behavioral symptoms
  • Introduces an action plan that takes into consideration pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches, as well as the benefits and risks of each

The topics above are 3 separate modules. Completing all 3 modules provides 1 free CE/CME/CNE or Certificate of Completion. Each set of modules should not take more than 1 hour to complete and can be done in multiple sittings.
Enroll today! Please visit http://www.catch-on.org to complete the modules.

 

Geriatric Services Capacity Assessment Tool

The Geriatric Services Capacity Assessment was developed to help health plans and health systems, including community providers, hospitals, and other health care delivery organizations, evaluate their current ability to meet the needs of geriatric adults and to identify strategic opportunities for improvement. Geriatric-competent care focuses on providing care and support for maximum function as well as preventing or eliminating barriers to integrated, accessible care.

https://resourcesforintegratedcare.com/Older_Adults/GCC/Tool/Care_For_Geriatric_Consumers

CATCH-ON Online Modules

 

The Collaborative Action Team training for Community Health – Older adult Network (CATCH-ON) is a HRSA funded program in the State of Illinois.  Its overarching mission of the CATCH-ON is to unify state-wide academic, health, and community organizations and resources to prepare a geriatric collaborative practice-ready health workforce optimizing health while, serving and improving patient-centered health and wellness outcomes.  CATCH-ON is developing training and education modules for older persons, their family members, and their health professionals.  For more information about CATCH-ON, please visit its website at www.catch-on.org.