Seminar Detail

Rehabilitation to Support Memory and Cognitive Decline: Effective Interventions for Managing the Aging Brain

Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this dynamic and interactive training to learn the effect of aging on memory and cognition to provide the most effective therapy intervention possible. You will learn how to prioritize treatment sessions to focus on functional deficits caused by memory/cognitive changes. The content you will learn covers the spectrum of age related memory/cognitive decline from normal memory loss to Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to end state Alzheimer’s and the behavioral characteristics of each. The effects of memory/cognitive decline on executive function will also be explored. You will leave the day with interventions to manage memory and cognitive decline which you can immediately implement, such as:
  • Tools to differentiate between normal vs. abnormal memory/cognitive loss that occurs because of the aging process
  • Assessments for self-medication management, fall risk, driving ability, executive function and safety
  • Compensatory strategies, environmental considerations and caregiver training ideas
  • Brain stimulation activities, exercise programs and non-medication therapy for depression, sleep issues and mental inactivity
  • Recommendations for appropriate discharge planning
The most up to date information on brain plasticity, cognitive reserve and intervention strategies will be presented. In addition, you will be able to effectively communicate your concerns to physicians and other team members.

  1. Assess the advantages/disadvantages of the three most commonly used cognitive assessments.
  2. Implement effective evaluation/treatment interventions in the management of memory/cognition decline.
  3. Implement assessment tools that quickly determine a patient’s ability to retain new information.
  4. Characterize at least six conditions/co-morbidities that impact cognitive/memory function.
  5. Categorize normal vs. abnormal cognitive/memory deficits through the aging process and implement appropriate interventions for each stage.
  6. Implement the evaluation tools related to cognitive/memory deficits that are best for determining driving ability and driving skills assessment.
  7. Communicate the most up-to-date evidence based resource information for patient/family education.

Spectrum of Cognitive/Memory Decline: Latest Research
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Reversible causes
  • Effect on Executive Function (EF)
  • Cannabis use
Memory Loss and Cognitive Impact: Clinical Examples
  • Normal memory/cognitive decline
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Mild Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
  • Moderate AD
  • Severe AD
  • Relationship to EF
Cognitive Assessments: Hands on Activities
  • MoCA
  • Trail Making
  • MMSE
  • ACLS
  • Stroop Color
Interventions for Contributing Factors
  • Depression and suicide: Assessments, referral needs, non-medication therapy
  • Sleep issues: Sleep log, sleep hygiene program, environmental strategies
  • Mental and physical inactivity: Brain stimulation activities, exercise programs/guidelines
  • Vision and hearing loss: Sharpen your observational skills, referral needs, lighting strategies
Interventions for Independence and Safety Issues
  • Falls: Computer-based training, decrease risk, increase reaction time, home safety checklist
  • Driving: Assessment tools, strategies for cessation of driving, state requirements
  • Medication: Self-medication management assessment tool, self-strategies for adherence, caregiver training
  • Home Management: Adaptive equipment, strategies for home safety, appropriate discharge environment
  • Communication: Strategies for working with caregivers and physicians
Interventions for Managing Memory/Cognitive Decline
  • Physical Exercise: Best type, program implementation, shoes
  • Communication: Creating stage appropriate handouts
  • Computer-based Cognitive Training: Use and evidence-based outcomes
  • Spaced Retrieval: Incorporating into treatment, baseline for patient education
  • Compensatory Strategies: Lists, calendars, skill set money management
Education and Resources
  • Caregiver: Burnout, support systems, community services
  • Medicare Guidelines: Documentation requirements, assessment facts
  • Web resources: Support groups


Maxwell Perkins, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with extensive experience with interdisciplinary clinical management focusing on the geriatric population. His clinical focus is on effective assessment and intervention for older adults experiencing memory/cognition issues in a variety of clinical settings including, acute inpatient/outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Maxwell is an independent consultant/educator and previously served as the rehab education director for two large health care organizations. He presents continuing education workshops nationally and locally and is an adjunct professor in the Pacific University Occupational Therapy program in Forrest Grove, Oregon. He also is a member of the State of Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensure Board.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Maxwell Perkins is an independent consultant. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Maxwell Perkins is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists
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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

Other Professions
This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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