The goal of this class is to provide an introduction and overview of the topic, including the definition of Alzheimer’s disease and identification of related dementias; the multilevel effect of dementia on individuals and their family members; interventions for effective practice; and community agencies and resources. Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are significant health issues faced by many individuals and their families. The often incurable nature of the disease, long trajectory of the illness, and usually silent symptoms during the onset all contribute to making dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most difficult experiences for both the individual and the family caregivers. Social workers who work with older adults and family caregivers must be knowledgeable about dementia diagnoses, including Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding the physical trajectory and symptomatology of dementia, and the psychosocial, financial, and other consequences of dementia are critical to effective practice.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the etiology and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- Identify the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Describe the cumulative impact of dementia on the family system and the multiple factors affecting caregiving.
- Identify appropriate interventions to assist individuals with dementia and their families in future planning for health care decisions that are based on the unique needs of clients.
This event is open to alumni.