Aging

Expiration Date: 5/31/19

obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $150.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may
Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description: The class will explore the many facets of the aging process.

Instructor: Francine "Cookie" Muscarella, MSW

Target Audience:Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Identify the physical changes that occur during the aging process.
2. Identify types of placement.
3. Discuss issues during the placement of a loved one.
4. Discuss the Blue Zones.
5. Discuss health and mental health issues as one ages.
6. List ways to combat the aging process and decrease disease risk.

Length of Course: 6 hours

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 6 contact hours.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 6 clock hours of social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This program is approved for 0.6 CEUs (6 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Coping with a Diagnosis of Dementia:  A Caregivers Guide to Planning

Course Expiration Date:  5/31/19

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

 Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description:  To provide more detailed education on dementia and how caregivers can plan to provide care to patients with dementia.

Instructor:  Macie P. Smith, Ed.D., LBSW, C-SWCM

Target Audience:  Nursing, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • define a diagnosis of dementia.
  • discuss coping skills when engaging persons living with dementia.
  • list resources available to aid in the support of caregiving responsibilities.

Credit Statements:

 Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 2 contact hours.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 2 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 2 clock hours of social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This program is approved for 0.2 CEUs (2 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Dementia in the Elderly

Course Expiration Date:  May 31, 2019

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $150.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description:  To provide more detailed education on dementia and how it relates to the care of the patient.

Instructor:  Macie P. Smith, Ed.D., LBSW, C-SWCM

Target Audience:  Nursing, Social Workers, Counselors and Therapists

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • recognize signs and symptoms of dementia.
  • identify the causes and treatments for dementia.
  • recognize the differences between dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
  • understand the communication problems of someone living with dementia.
  • to understand how to effectively communicate with someone living with dementia.
  • to interpret non-verbal communication from someone living with dementia.
  • to recognize awareness of environmental factors that affect someone living with dementia.
  • identify strategies to facilitate optimal caregiving.
  • describe how generational barriers affect the environment of someone living with dementia. 
  • learn about the challenging behaviors of people living with dementia.
  • identify possible causes of challenging behaviors exhibited by someone living with dementia.
  • identify possible solutions to challenging behaviors exhibited by someone living with dementia.

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 6 contact hours.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 6 clock hours of social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This program is approved for 0.6 CEUs (6 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Elder Financial Exploitation: "It Is All About the Money"

Course Expiration Date: 2/28/18

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Instructor: Randy Thomas

Target Audience: All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Recognize the indicators of financial exploitation.
2. Identify the issues associated with assessing and responding to allegations of financial exploitation.

Length of Course: 90 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.5 contact hour.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.5 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Social Work (non-social work hours): This program has been approved by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 1.5 clock hours of non-social work continuing education.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs (1.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

Elder Neglect: Challenges and Issues

Course Expiration Date: 2/28/18

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Instructor: Randy Thomas

Target Audience: All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Recognize the indicators of elder neglect.
2. Identify the issues associated with assessing and responding to allegations of elder neglect.

Length of Course: 90 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.5 contact hour.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.5 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Social Work (non-social work hours): This program has been approved by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 1.5 clock hours of non-social work continuing education.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs (1.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.
Interventions in Behavioral Disturbances for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients

Course Expiration Date: March 31, 2018

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description: This course will provide participants with the skills to de-escalate situations with dementia and Alzheimer's patients.

Instructor: Jennifer Walker RN, MSN

Target Audience: All Healthcare Professionals

Length of Course: 60 minutes

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:
1. Define dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and stages.
2. List 4 Step Approach to Managing Behavioral Disturbances.
3. Describe the role of the Progressive Lowered Stress Threshold Model (PLST).
4. Identify triggers that may escalate dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.
5. Recognize and describe behaviors of an escalated patient.
6. Define catastrophic reactions and how to manage them.
7. Discuss interventions to deal with behavioral disturbances.
8. Identify de-escalation techniques to use with patients who become escalated.
9. Identify what will occur if the intervention goes wrong.


Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.0 contact hour.

Dieticians: 1.0 contact hour of CPE for registered dieticians.

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 1.0 clock hour will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1.0 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 1.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.1 CEUs (1.0 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


Older Adult Assessment

Course Expiration Date: November 30, 2018

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $40.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

 Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description: This course enables the nurse to be more effective in the assessment of older adults. It outlines the purpose, unique characteristics, components and techniques of older adult assessment, as well as describing the physiological changes associated with aging. The course also highlights screening tools utilized in the assessment of older adults.

Instructor: Jennifer C Walker RN, MSN

Target Audience: Nurses

Learning Outcomes:: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • describe the purpose of older adult assessment.
  • describe the unique characteristics of older adult assessment.
  • describe the special considerations affecting the assessment of older adults.
  • describe the physiological changes associated with aging.
  • describe the components of the older adult assessment.
  • describe screening tools that are specific for older adult assessment.
  • describe techniques used to obtain an accurate history of older adults.

Length of Course: 90 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.5 contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.15 CEUs (1.5 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

What Triggers Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients During ADL's? Interventions for Healthcare Providers

Course Expiration Date: March 31, 2018

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Once you have the enrollment key, enter it at the bottom of the page and then click on the Enroll Me box.

Course Description: To provide information on how to assist patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia to provider personal care.

Instructor: Jennifer Walker RN, MSN

Target Audience: Nursing, Social Workers, occupational therapists, and other interested healthcare providers

Objectives: Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

1. Define dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and stages.
2. Identify triggers for agitation during personal care routines in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
3. List patient personal care needs.
4. Recognize the patient’s immediate need.
5. Identify safety measures as they relate to personal care in this population of patients.
6. Discuss nursing care Models associated with personal care, social and physical factors and the impact on behavioral and psychological symptoms.
7. Discuss nursing interventions.
8. List ways to improve communication.


Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive 1 contact hour.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 1 clock hour of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Others: This program is approved for 0.1 CEUs (1 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.