Nursing: Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

22.95
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Elective
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About the Course

Dementia is a type of cognitive impairment and a syndrome with many causes – one of the most common causes is Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding of normal-aging memory changes is the first step in recognizing cognitive impairments. The need for effective treatments, especially for those that assist family caregivers, is essential. The purpose of this course is to help nurses identify normal-aging memory changes compared to various types of dementia. This course provides specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia, describes side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications, and identifies problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd Edition (N21671)

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe three examples of normal-aging memory changes and list five physical changes of the brain, apart from dementia, that occur through aging and affect memory.
  • Choose and differentiate three types of dementia (identify symptoms, diagnosis, treatment) and describe three tips for discussing a dementia diagnosis with a patient.
  • Identify and describe three specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia and define each of the “4 A’s” used to assist the nurse in knowing how much help to provide.
  • Define the four general areas of side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications in the older adult and describe three common problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing. Dr. Lehman is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the editor and author of the ARNs Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition textbook. Dr. Lehman was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016). 
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Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults - N47680

22.95
About the Course

Dementia is a type of cognitive impairment and a syndrome with many causes – one of the most common causes is Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding of normal-aging memory changes is the first step in recognizing cognitive impairments. The need for effective treatments, especially for those that assist family caregivers, is essential. The purpose of this course is to help nurses identify normal-aging memory changes compared to various types of dementia. This course provides specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia, describes side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications, and identifies problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Nursing Care of the Older Adult, 3rd Edition (N21671)

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Describe three examples of normal-aging memory changes and list five physical changes of the brain, apart from dementia, that occur through aging and affect memory.
  • Choose and differentiate three types of dementia (identify symptoms, diagnosis, treatment) and describe three tips for discussing a dementia diagnosis with a patient.
  • Identify and describe three specific nursing interventions used to assist the caregiver of the person with dementia and define each of the “4 A’s” used to assist the nurse in knowing how much help to provide.
  • Define the four general areas of side effects that may occur with psychotropic medications in the older adult and describe three common problems that dementia encompasses which are often challenging and exhausting for caregivers.

About the Author: 
Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN 

Cheryl A. Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, is the clinical coordinator for the Hill Country Mission for Health, where she oversees all clinical activities and all patient care. A nurse for 38 years, her clinical experiences include medical-surgical, rehabilitation, and geriatric nursing. She is licensed in the state of Texas as a registered nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist in medical-surgical nursing. Dr. Lehman is also board certified as a rehabilitation nurse, a gerontological nurse, and a clinical nurse specialist. She is the immediate past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and the editor and author of the ARNs Rehabilitation Nursing Core Curriculum, 7th Edition textbook. Dr. Lehman was the chair of the Data Safety Management Board for the Strong Star Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD research studies on post-traumatic stress disorder (funded by the U.S. Department of Defense) through the Department of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2010-2016).