Module 1: Introduction to Dementia
Module 2: Dementia Stages and Assessment
Module 3: Behavioral Symptoms and Non-Pharmacological Therapies
Module 4: Palliative Care and Medication Use in Dementia Care
Module 5: Dementia and Caregiving
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Glossary of Terms

  • Dementia – It is used to describe the condition of a person’s mental functioning.
  • Alzheimer – The most typical dementia diagnosis in older persons is Alzheimer’s disease. It is brought on by mutations in the brain, such as aberrant protein accumulations called tau plaques and amyloid tangles.
  • Lewy Body Dementia – Lewy bodies, an aberrant buildup of the protein alpha-synuclein, cause Lewy body dementia.
  • General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition (GPCOG) –It is a quick, efficient, and reliable dementia screening tool used to check for cognitive impairment.
  • Nonpharmacologic Approach – It is the management of a disease or a health condition without the use of medicines. To more effectively control and lessen symptoms, this technique makes use of strategies to adjust thoughts and increase concentration.
  • Hippocampus – It is a part of the brain that controls memory and learning.
  • Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia – It refers to a spectrum of non-cognitive and non-neurological symptoms of dementia, such as depression, confusion, and aggression.
  • Accredited Facility – A facility that has been granted accreditation by an agency recognized by the department is an accredited facility. For something to be approved, an accrediting body needs to be impartial toward the facility.
  • Acute Care – Acute care is a level of medical treatment when patients are treated for illnesses brought on by disease or trauma.
  • Advance Directive – An advance healthcare directive is a legal document that outlines the actions that should be taken to protect a person’s health if they become ill or become incapable of making decisions for themselves.
  • Allowable Cost – It refers to the cost that your contract or grant can pay.
  • Agnosia – It is an uncommon condition marked by an inability to distinguish and recognize items or people.
  •  Anterograde Amnesia – It is a type of memory loss that occurs when you can’t retain new information.
  • Apraxia – It is a motor disease that results from brain damage and impairs the ability to organize motor actions to carry out tasks or movements.
  • Assessment – It is an evaluation of a patient’s condition by a doctor, nurse, or
    other healthcare professionals based on clinical and laboratory data, medical history, and the patient’s description of symptoms.
  • Assistive Device – External tools created, manufactured, or modified to help a person carry out a certain task are known as assistive devices.
  • Atrophy – It is the partial or completes wasting away of a part of the body.
  • Bed-bound – A bed-bound patient has lost a lot of strength, is unable to move around easily, and is confined to their bed.
  • Caregiver – A caregiver attends to a person’s needs or worries and has short- or long-term disabilities due to disease, accident, or other circumstances.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants – They provide personal care to patients and work under the supervision of senior nurses.
  • Clinical Trials – They examine novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and assess how they affect patient outcomes.
  • Contractures – It is a permanent tightening of the skin, muscles, tendons, or ligaments. It limits the corresponding body part’s ability to move normally.
  • Custodial Care – It is non-medical care that helps individuals with their activities of daily living, such as eating and bathing.
  • Deficiencies – It is a shortage of a substance needed by the body.
  • Delirium – It is a mental state in which you are confused, disoriented, and not able to think or remember clearly.
  • Dementia Care Mapping – It is a process that guides and supports the ability of families and care professionals to work together to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
  • Palliative Care – It is a medical strategy for providing care that aims to improve the quality of life and reduce suffering for persons with severe, complex, and frequent terminal illnesses.
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