Interventions in Behavioral Disturbances for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients

Interventions in Behavioral Disturbances for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients

Course Expiration Date: March 31, 2020

CE program brought to you by South Carolina AHEC through AHECU. 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 you enroll at If you require special assistance, please contact the office at 864-349-1160.

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

Education Level: Introductory

Classification Code for AOTA: Category 1 Domain of OT; Category 2 Occupational Therapy Process

Instructional Method: Asynchronous online PowerPoint® lecture, Pre-Test, Post-Test and Evaluation
To pass this course you must view the lecture, complete the pre-test and evaluation and score at least 80% on the post-test.

Contact Hours: 1.0/.10 CEU’s for AOTA

Instructor: Jennifer Walker RN, MSN

Target Audience: Nursing, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and other interested healthcare providers

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, 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.

Upstate AHEC is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course has been assigned 0.1 AOTA CEU’s. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given if you have accessed an online course. You may cancel via email at or telephone, 864-349-1160.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

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

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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