The Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver: Nursing Interventions and Support - N33926

About the Course:
In the United States (US), roughly 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) - the progressive neurodegenerative disease of the brain. Of the total US population, one in 10 people age 65 and older has AD (Alzheimer’s Disease Association, 2019). With the population of older adults growing rapidly throughout the world, it is imperative that healthcare providers prepare for an increase in the number of persons who will need dementia-related care. This course provides nurses with information to effectively implement nursing interventions to optimize patient care and support caregivers of persons with AD.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Identify risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain the diagnostic process for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the impact of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Discuss the role of the caregiver of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain current treatment options for patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe nursing interventions and intent to change practice for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
About the Author: 
Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, is an accomplished nursing professional development specialist and healthcare author. She earned a doctoral degree in adult education and an MS in nursing from Penn State University and a BSN from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Avillion has held a variety of nursing positions as a staff nurse in critical care and physical medicine and rehabilitation settings, as well as numerous leadership roles in professional development. She has published extensively and is a frequent presenter at conferences and conventions devoted to the specialty of continuing education and nursing professional development. Dr. Avillion owns and is the CEO of Strategic Nursing Professional Development, a business that specializes in continuing education for healthcare professionals and consulting services in nursing professional development.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 6-hour commitment of time.
  • Complete the Affirmation that you have completed the educational activity.
  • If requested, provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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Course Verification
All individuals involved have disclosed that they have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to this course. Likewise, and in compliance with California Assembly Bill No. 241, every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the content in this course is balanced and unbiased.