Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Occupational Therapy Practice, 3rd edition

About the Course:
This basic-level course is designed to increase occupational therapy practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and to provide an overview of medical management of these disorders. The second part of the course focuses on occupational therapy screening for neurocognitive disorders – including Alzheimer’s disease – as well as evaluation of and intervention for older adults with these disorders. Although written for occupational therapy professionals, this course can also inform medical and behavioral health professionals who work in acute and long-term care and institutional, home-based, or community settings concerning the role and unique contributions of occupational therapists on the interprofessional healthcare team.

Course Objectives:
  • Differentiate between Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders based on diagnostic criteria and brain neuroanatomy.
  • Identify the diagnostic considerations and medical management for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • List the risk factors and behavioral symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe caregiver support and family-centered care for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the process used by occupational therapy professionals for screening and evaluating clients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the interventions that occupational therapy professionals provide for clients with Alzheimer’s disease.
About the Author:
Patricia Schaber,PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, was a faculty practitioner and research coordinator in the Memory Clinic at the University of Minnesota Medical Center – Fairview, the clinical arm of the N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care. She is a professor in the Program in Occupational Therapy and Division of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Minnesota. She authored the 2010 Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and, in 2019, a chapter on dementia in Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation. She has served on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council for the Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She was employed for 13 years in geriatric occupational therapy in long-term care, home health care, and activities programming. She has a PhD in family social science, with a minor in aging research, from the University of Minnesota.

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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