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Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: A Practical Guide

Laura More, MSW, LCSW

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Speech-Language Pathology CEUs | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: A Practical Guide is a 3-hour online continuing education (CE) course that offers healthcare professionals a basic foundation in Alzheimer's disease prevention, diagnosis, and risk management.

This course offers practical information to aid healthcare professionals as they interact with clients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Dementias other than Alzheimer’s disease will be referenced when information about their specific symptoms or treatment is discussed.

We start by considering the differences between typical or “normal” aging and signs indicative of Alzheimer’s disease. This is followed by a review of the criteria necessary to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and the available evaluations for testing cognition and biomarkers. In section two, we consider the possible risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, such as traumatic brain injury, Down syndrome, cardiovascular risks, environmental factors, and lifestyle factors.

Section three offers insight into new developments in the study and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and provides information regarding reputable sources for further information.

The difficulties caregivers experience are discussed in section four and strategies for supporting those caregivers are provided. Section five presents practical guidance for caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease, including daily care activities, keeping the person safe, and unwanted behaviors.

Section six reviews prevention and compensation strategies to help people protect their cognitive health as they age. This includes modifiable risk factors that have the potential to reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease. A special section on protecting our elders from scams is also provided.


  • Introduction
  • Section 1: Alzheimer's, the Disease
  • Section 2: Who is at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease?
  • Section 3: Clinical Research
  • Section 4: Caregivers and their Struggles - How to Support Them
  • Section 5: Practical Guide for Alzheimer's Disease Care
  • Section 6: Prevention and Compensation for Aging Cognition
  • Section 7: Scams and Reputable Resources
  • Conclusion

Course #31-50 | 2024 | 65 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Describe the three stages of Alzheimer's disease progression
2.Identify five tests for evaluating cognition in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
3.List three risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and dementia
4.Describe three strategies for caregiver support
5.List five practical strategies for giving appropriate care
6.Identify three strategies to prevent Alzheimer's disease and dementia

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2022 - 6/12/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 3 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0664 - Note: New York social workers will receive 3 continuing education credit(s) for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio social workers completing this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education credit(s); the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678);  and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Laura More, MSW, LCSWhas been a licensed clinical social worker for over 40 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings, including: rehabilitation, oncology, trauma, skilled nursing, education, and management. She founded Care2Learn, an online continuing education resource for post-acute healthcare professionals. She has co-authored psychology and nursing books as well as authoring hundreds of online courses. Laura is currently a healthcare author/editor of online continuing education courses, specializing in evidence-based research review. She is the recipient of the 2010 Education Award from the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Financial: Laura More receives author compensation from Professional Development Resources.
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 

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