Training Curriculum: Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Training for the primary care workforce about dementia, and caring for those affected, is essential. The facts are compelling: currently more than five million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. Ultimately, one out of every three Americans will die from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

What is dementia?

Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, meaning the loss of the ability to think, remember, or reason, as well as the loss of behavioral abilities, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.

Signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the brain stop working, lose connections with other brain cells, and die. While everyone loses some neurons as they age, people with dementia experience far greater loss.

How will training assist the primary care workforce?

With federal partners and public stakeholders, we created a curriculum—16 core modules and four supplemental modules—for health educators to train the primary care workforce about dementia care, and to help providers address caregiver needs.

Who should use this curriculum?

To promote interprofessional teamwork in the care of persons living with dementia (PLwD), this curriculum may be used by:

  • Health professions faculty
  • Students
  • Primary care practitioners
  • Members of the interprofessional geriatrics care team
  • Direct service workers

What will I find in the core modules?

Modules 1-12 contain information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias of particular interest to the primary care workforce. Modules 13-16 specify the roles of specific health care professions in dementia care.

All 16 core modules include a PowerPoint presentation, with detailed notes, and a reference list, to assist with teaching and presentations. 

The modules focus primarily on outpatient rather than residential care because the majority of PLwD remain in their homes during the earlier, and some even through later stages, of dementia.  

Module 1Overview of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia for an Interprofessional Team
Overview of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia for an Interprofessional Team (PPT - 5.2 MB) | References (PDF - 480 KB)

Module 2Diagnosing Dementia
Diagnosing Dementia (PPT- 3.4 MB) | References (PDF - 492 KB)

Module 3Recognizing the Role of Diversity in Dementia Care
Recognizing the Role of Diversity in Dementia Care (PPT - 4.9 MB) | References (PDF - 250 KB)

Module 4Providing and Discussing a Dementia Diagnosis
Providing and Discussing a Dementia Diagnosis (PPT - 1.6 MB) | References (PDF - 281 KB)

Module 5Understanding Early-Stage Dementia for an Interprofessional Team
Understanding Early-Stage Dementia for an Interprofessional Team (PPT - 4.1 MB) | References (PDF - 210 KB)

Module 6Understanding the Middle Stage of Dementia for the Interprofessional Team
Understanding the Middle Stage of Dementia for the Interprofessional Team (PPT - 4.9 MB) | References (PDF - 231 KB)

Module 7Management of Common Medical Conditions Observed During Middle and Late Stages of Dementia
Management of Common Medical Conditions Observed During Middle and Late Stages of Dementia (PPT -  2.2 MB) | References (PDF - 173 KB)

Module 8Medical Treatments of Dementia
Medical Treatments of Dementia (PPT - 2.6 MB) | References (PDF - 173 KB)

Module 9Interprofessional Team Roles and Responsibilities
Interprofessional Team Roles and Responsibilities (PPT - 2.3 MB) | References (PDF - 188 KB)

Module 10Effective Care Transitions to and from Acute Care Hospitals
Effective Care Transitions to and from Acute Care Hospitals (PPT - 2.3 KB) | References (PDF - 299 KB)

Module 11Ethics and Capacity Issues
Ethics and Capacity Issues (PPT - 4.8 MB) | References (PDF - 314 KB)

Module 12Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Persons Living with Dementia
Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Persons Living with Dementia (PPT - 3.9 MB) | References (PDF - 296 KB)

Module 13Clinical Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists: Practicing with Persons Living with Dementia and their Care Partners 
Clinical Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists: Practicing with Persons Living with Dementia and their Care Partners (PPT - 663 KB) | References (PPT - 159 KB)

Module 14The Role of Acute Care Staff in Emergency Departments (EDs) and Hospitals for Persons Living with Dementia
The Role of Acute Care Staff in Emergency Departments (EDs) and Hospitals for Persons Living with Dementia (PPT - 1 MB) | References (PDF - 142 KB)

Module 15Role of the Pharmacist in the Management of Persons living with dementia
Role of the Pharmacist in the Management of Persons living with dementia (PPT - 600 KB) | References (PDF - 450 KB)

Module 16Dentistry and Dementia
Dentistry and Dementia (PPT - 2.8 MB) | References (PDF - 164 KB)

What will I find in the supplemental modules?

Our supplemental learning modules assist providers in understanding and addressing caregiver needs of PLwD.

For Providers

Module 1: Providers and Caregivers as Allies (PPT - 201 KB)

Module 2: The Provider’s Role in Shared Decision-Making with Caregivers, Families, and Persons Living with Dementia (PPT - 239 KB)

Module 3: How Clinicians Can Interact Effectively with Caregivers (PPT - 200 KB)

Module 4: Taking Care of Those Caring for Persons Living with Dementia (PPT - 211 KB)

We developed learning modules to help family and other caregivers of persons with dementia take care of their own health and understand and cope with the challenges of caregiving.

For Caregivers

Module 1Caregiving for Persons Living with Dementia (PLwD) (PPT - 134 KB) | Module 1 Faculty Guide (PDF - 159 KB)

Module 2The Caregiver Role in Shared Decision-Making with Persons Living with Dementia (PPT - 146 KB) | Module 2 Faculty Guide (PDF - 179 KB)

Module 2aAssisted Living Facility Considerations (PPT - 104 KB) | Module 2a Faculty Guide (PDF - 145 KB)

Module 2bWhat to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Home (PPT - 106 KB) | Module 2b Faculty Guide (PDF - 145 KB)

Module 3Working with the Healthcare Team (PPT - 88 KB) | Module 3 Faculty Guide (PDF - 161 KB)

Module 4Caregiver Self-Care (PPT - 96 KB) | Module 4 Faculty Guide (PDF - 175 KB)

Module 5Addressing Behaviors in Dementia (PPT - 105 KB) | Module 5 Faculty Guide (PDF - 173 KB)

Date Last Reviewed:  December 2017


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Bidirectional Impact of Alzheimer's disease and Common Comorbid Conditions
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