Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias: Medical Overview and Rehabilitation Management, 2nd ed

About the Course:
The purpose of this course is to provide useful, pragmatic information to rehabilitation therapists to facilitate successful rehabilitation for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Too often, those with dementia are excluded from rehabilitation opportunities based on the assumption that they will not benefit, or they are given a brief trial of rehabilitation that does not take into consideration the special needs of this population and, as a result, they do not make gains. This course will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and its medical management, practical information on optimal interactions with individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease, research findings related to motor learning in this population, existing evidence on rehabilitation with individuals with dementia, and strategies to facilitate successful outcomes. 

Learning Objectives
  • Define Alzheimer’s disease and other neurocognitive disorders.
  • Describe the brain changes, stages, etiology, and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Identify diagnostic methods and pharmacological interventions used with individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe movement disorders associated with Alzheimer’s disease and the principles for facilitating motor learning and optimizing interactions with individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Describe evidence-based rehabilitation interventions for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and appropriate outcome measures.
  • Implement strategies to facilitate optimal therapeutic success with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

About the Author:
Julie D. Ries, PhD, PT,
is a physical therapist and educator with a special interest in Alzheimer’s disease. She received her BS degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut, her MA degree in education and human development from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in physical therapy with a focus on geriatrics from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Ries holds the rank of professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her research related to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease has included the methodological study of outcome measures and the study of the impact of balance training. She is currently involved in grant-funded community dissemination of fall preventions programs for individuals with dementia. She has shared her research findings and her passion for rehabilitation through national professional presentations and peer-reviewed publications.

How to receive credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print which requires a 4-hour commitment of time.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to complete:
    • A mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent 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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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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