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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Online Courses


This is a course about Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that causes physical changes in the brain and results in death of brain cells. It is a disease that can take a toll on the lives of affected individuals, as well as their families, friends, and caregivers. It also has an impact on society: The expenses of long-term care, the emotional and physical demands on the family, and the loss of wages for caregivers. People with Alzheimer’s disease need caregivers and a coordinated network of person-centered care from physicians, nurses, health and human service workers, public and private agencies, and support groups is ideal. As part of this network, you will play a key part in improving the person with dementia’s quality of life. You must really get to know who the person is as an individual; their interests, values, goals, and strengths, and what is most important to them in order to provide high-quality person-centered care.

Note: This course is also accredited by Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Nursing Education to provide 4 CNE and CME credit hours.  It can also be taken as part of our Behavioral Health in Aging Certificate which provides 19 CNE and CME credit hours.

*You may register for this course individually or as part of our Behavioral Health Certificate.

Learner Feedback:

“This course was very applicable to my work — I learned a great deal about the different stages and how to cope with the different stages the client is in.”

“This course was very helpful to me in my work as a care manager, I feel that I have gained knowledge about this disease and I will incorporate what I have learned into my work with our consumers.”

Success Story:  Read how this Indiana organization trained their staff with this course and other CADER programs.


  • Describe the process by which Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed.
  • List the signs and symptoms of the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Describe the best ways of communicating with people who have dementia.
  • Describe how the environment can be adapted to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Explain the need for psychosocial interventions and support for caregivers.

Course Outline

  • Pre-Competency Self-Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Background and Scope
  • Section III: Key Content
  • Section IV: The Assessment, Early Detection, and Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Section V: Your Role
  • Section VI: Habilitation: A Humane Approach to Caring for People with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Section VII: Ethical and Legal
  • Section VIII: Conclusion of Course
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

For information about refunds, cancellations, accommodations and to contact us please visit the policies page.

Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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