Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias: Medical Overview and Rehabilitation Management - Q3485


About Course #Q3485

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of dementia, accounting for 60% - 80% of all cases. Current estimates suggest that approximately 5 million people in the United States age 65 and older have AD. Because age is the primary risk factor for AD, the number of people with AD is projected to nearly triple by 2050, reaching 13.8 million. The likelihood of rehabilitation professionals treating individuals with AD increases year by year. Too often, those with dementia are excluded from rehabilitation opportunities based on the assumption that they will not benefit, or they are given a brief trial of rehabilitation that does not take into consideration the special needs of this population and, as a result, do not make gains.

This intermediate level course provides useful, pragmatic information to rehabilitation therapists to facilitate successful rehabilitation for individuals with AD. Physical therapists who address the unique needs of this population will have greater success in their rehabilitation efforts, and their patients will reap the benefits of their knowledge and skill.

California PTs and PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Florida PTs and PTAs - The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Texas PTs and PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA license renewal in Texas.

Course Objectives

  • Define Alzheimer's disease and other neurocognitive disorders.
  • Describe the brain changes, stages, etiology, and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Identify diagnostic methods used with individuals who have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Describe pharmacological interventions and domains of care management for Alzheimer's disease.
  • Describe movement disorders associated with Alzheimer's disease and the principles for facilitating motor learning and optimizing interactions with individuals who have Alzheimer's disease.
  • Describe evidence-based rehabilitation interventions for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and appropriate outcome measures.

About the Author(s)

Julie D. Ries, PhD, PT, is a physical therapist and educator with a special interest in Alzheimer's disease. She received her BS degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut, her MA degree in education and human development from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her PhD in physical therapy with a focus on geriatrics from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Ries is currently associate professor of physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.