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Continuing Education Course: Dementia

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  • Event Type:Baxter Regional Community Event

Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of Dementia

Effective interventions to improve quality of life and achieve functional goals through all stages of dementia

Presented by Toni Patt, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

An Interactive 6-Hour CE Credit Course
Saturday, September 28, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Baxter Regional Medical Center Lagerborg Dining Room
Cost: $149

Course Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. - Workshop: Evidence Based Assessment and Treatment of Dementia. Lunch and snacks provided.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Workshop Adjourns

Course Description

It is estimated that 50% of all adults aged 85 years and older have some form of dementia and each year 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed. As our population ages, these numbers will continue to increase. The one-year total cost for treating Alzheimer’s dementia is $277 billion with $102 billion paid out of pocket. Dementia is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. As the disease progresses, it creates functional and cognitive deficits and puts caregivers under emotional and financial stress. It is essential these patients receive adequate treatment and caregivers receive proper training in management of dementia to keep these patients at home as long as possible. As unwanted behaviors develop, motor control deteriorates and the ability to interact with the environment is lost, effective treatments need to match the level of cognition. As memory and cognition decline, the ability to participate in therapy declines. It is critical that therapists are equipped to treat these medically complex patients to prolong a decline in functional motor control, ADLs, and cognition.

This interactive one-day course will improve the participants' knowledge of treatment for cognition and memory. It includes a review of the stages of dementia with appropriate intervention strategies for each stage. The role of behaviors and use of redirection with be discussed with examples provided. Participants will use case studies to apply these principles to develop a plan of care for each stage of dementia. Participants will gain beneficial exercise strategies, activities and other rehab interventions to improve overall quality of life and functional goals.

About Your Instructor

Toni Patt, PT, DPT, GCS, NCS has been practicing physical therapy for more than 30 years. She has worked in almost every setting and now divides her time between a skilled nursing facility and home health. Dr. Patt has devoted her extensive career to focus geriatric patients. Her current practice is nearly 100% geriatric.

She has earned APTA specialist certifications in geriatrics and neurology. She is a member of the APTA and is a member of the geriatric, neurologic and home health sections. Dr. Patt earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. She spends her spare time working with her three horses: Noah, Flame and Jimmy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the stages of dementia and provide two treatment strategies for each.
  2. Recognize cognition, declarative memory, and procedural memory and relate them to functional levels.
  3. Outline the neuro-anatomical changes that occur with dementia, the different forms of dementia and correlate this information to patient presentation.
  4. Describe causes of unwanted behavior such as wandering and provide three alternatives for redirection.
  5. Explain the causes of decreased initiation and 2 methods of compensation.
  6. Utilize the role of exercise in treatment and prevention of decline with dementia.

Course Outline

I. Dementia’s Impact on Physical and Cognitive Function

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Types of dementia (Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body)
  • Progression of the disease
  • Short term
  • Declarative
  • Procedural

II. Recognizing and Treating Each Stage of Dementia

  • Descriptions of stages
  • Expectations based on stages
  • Treatment examples for each stage
  • Exercise

III. Interventions to Overcome Difficult Behaviors to

  • Improve Compliance
  • Causes
  • Redirection
  • Anosognosia

IV. Early Predictors and Risk Factors of Dementia

  • Causes
  • Presentation
  • Strategies

V. Setting Realistic Goals Based on Physical and

  • Cognitive Abilities
  • Identify the stage and ability to participate
  • Complete functional assessment
  • Identify lifestyle and personality elements

VI. Exercise Programs, Interventions and Activities for Effective Management, Maintenance, and Rehabilitation

  • Exercise as a part of daily lifestyle
  • Personality and personal history
  • Household activities, career and hobbies
  • Incorporation into daily routine

Download event and CE information.

Enroll online to register, or call Aleta Newberry at (870) 508-1766. BRMC employees can register in TLC.

  • Price: $149.00
  • Registration Instructions: Enroll online, or call Aleta Newberry at (870) 508-1766