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Challenging Geriatric Issues: Dementia Behaviors

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Dealing with cognitively impaired geriatric patients can be challenging even for the experienced healthcare professional. Behaviors such as dementia, aggression, anxiety and depression, refusal of food and fluids, and inappropriate sexual advances pose significant potential barriers to the delivery of essential health care. If older adults are routinely under your care, minimize your risk of escalating the problems associated with troublesome, often irrational behavior by attending this program. Gain valuable insights into the causes of challenging geriatric behaviors and learn innovative and practical intervention strategies to improve the care you provide.

Your speaker, M. Catherine Wollman, is an expert in the field of geriatrics. Join her for a day filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussion and interactive learning. Leave with practical techniques you can apply the next day!
  1. Assess behavioral problems of older adults with cognitive disturbances.
  2. Consider the advantages of recognition and treatment of early dementia.
  3. Incorporate non-pharmacologic interventions that address biopsychosocial needs of the older adult with challenging behaviors.
  4. Implement specific communication strategies for patients with challenging behaviors.
  5. Analyze evidence-based pharmacologic treatments of behavioral problems in patients.
  6. Determine interventions for challenging geriatric behaviors including pain, nutritional deficits, sleep disorders, depression and delirium.
  7. Evaluate causes and interventions for sexually inappropriate behaviors.
  8. Support and educate family and professional caregivers of older adults exhibiting challenging behaviors.
  • Significance of Dementia and Behavioral Disturbances
  • Alzheimer's Disease
    • Screening
    • Diagnostic criteria
    • Stages of dementia and related behavioral disturbances
  • Other Dementias and Behavioral Disturbances
    • Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
    • Dementia with cerebrovascular disease (DCVD)
    • Dementia with Lewey Bodies (DLB)
  • Pharmacologic Therapies for Dementia
    • Cholinesterase Inhibitor
    • NMDA receptor antagonists
    • Drug effects
  • Classification of Agitated Behaviors
    • Nature of activity
    • Target of behaviors
    • Degree of disruption
    • Environmental conditions
  • Range of Agitated Behaviors
    • All behavior is meaningful
    • Repetitive acts
    • Sexually inappropriate behaviors
    • Threatening harm to others
    • Physical and verbal agitation
    • Physical, verbal, and sexual aggression
  • Assessment and Interventions
    • Depression
    • Pain or discomfort
    • Incontinence and constipation
    • Fatigue and sleep deprivation
    • Malnutrition or dehydration
    • Identify and reverse aggravating factors
  • Delirium
    • Crucial recognition of delirium
    • Causes of delirium
    • Drugs
    • Metabolic disturbance
    • Infection
    • Hypoxia
    • Sensory Impairment
  • Additional Challenges of Alzheimer's Disease
    • Malnutrition
    • Wandering
    • Sundowning
    • Hallucination
    • Bathing and hygiene issues
  • Essential Principles of Care
    • Communication strategies
    • Language of dementia
    • Comfort and dignity
    • Alteration in approach to personal care
      • Modify the environment
      • Support losses
      • Enhance safety
    • Non-pharmacologic Interventions
  • Support and Education for Caregivers
    • Professional caregivers
    • Family caregivers
    • Advance planning
    • Community resources
  • Case Studies
    • Older adult in long-term care
      • Aggression
      • Refusal to participate
    • Older adult at home
      • Exhibiting unsafe behaviors
    • Older adult in acute care
      • Dementia and delirium
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Social Workers
  • Home Healthcare Providers
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
  • Recreation Therapists


M. Catherine Wollman, DNP, GNP-BC, has been a gerontological nurse practitioner for over 25 years, caring for older adults in acute care, long-term care and home care. Catherine has served as the director of senior health for a large hospital system offering a full spectrum of services, including prevention, acute care, and rehabilitation. In this capacity, she managed outpatient services for seniors and cared for 100 high-risk older adults. As a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, she worked with a nationally-recognized transitional care program for high-risk older adults. She teaches clinical GNP students in Pennsylvania.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: M. Catherine Wollman is a visiting Professor with Chamberlain College of Nursing. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: M. Catherine Wollman is a member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.
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Registered Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians
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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.

Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners
This program offers 90 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 1.5 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

Nursing Home Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6.25 clock hours and 6.25 participant hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered 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, 2020 - January 27, 2023. 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.

Washington Social Workers:
This training has been approved for 6.25 CE’s for Washington Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. WMHCA Provider #1504.

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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