The Aging Patient: Dementia Assessment and Staging

About the Course
Treating the aging patient with dementia is more crucial than ever before. Dementia has been known as the “ticking time bomb”, affecting millions in the United States and worldwide. In this course, we will learn about the stages of dementia, providing examples of behaviors found in each stage and what professionals can do to mitigate some of these behaviors. The learner will come away from this course with a knowledge of staging, and additional skills in documenting these stages appropriately for reimbursement.

Learning Outcomes
  •  Identify differences between normal and abnormal aging.
  • Recognize the stages of cognitive decline by level and characteristics
  • Select appropriate assessments for cognition.
  • Recognize skilled documentation examples in order to provide medically necessary services.

About the Author
Dr. Heape is a clinical educator for a large healthcare company, where she works with skilled nursing facilities in 4 states on documentation compliance, clinical education, and clinical program writing for PT, OT, and ST. She has authored numerous clinical programs with interprofessional teams. Dr.Heape is also an adjunct professor for 2 universities. She holds a doctor of clinical science degree in speech-language pathology and a post-doctoral certificate in healthcare education.
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 70% 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.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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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