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Online Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice


Dementia is the second most prevalent mental disorder affecting older adults, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and is present in one-third of older adults at the time of death. In order to understand and to respond effectively to the needs of our clients, clinicians must appreciate the complex interactions of disease pathology, individual strengths, environmental conditions, informal supports, formal resources, and societal influences. The purpose of this self-paced certificate program is to prepare clinical practitioners for advanced practice with clients and families affected by dementia.


  • Categorize and define the multiple symptoms of dementia.
  • Identify resulting challenges associated with disorders of dementia.
  • Implement key person-centered care principles into daily practice.
  • Utilize understanding and principles of health disparities, cultural competence and the impact on aging individuals to be more skillful in facilitating professional patient dialog and interaction.
  • Identify and reflect on biological aspects of dementia.
  • Describe the basic structure of the brain.
  • Explain normal changes in the aging brain and in cognitive and behavioral functioning.
  • Describe the impact of dementia on our aging society.
  • Identify ethical considerations and policy issues related to the use of genetic tests and biomarkers.
  • Identify best practices and state of the art diagnostic tools for assessing cognitive and behavioral changes, and the implications of Mild Cognitive Impairment on dementia.
  • Identify and reflect on gaps of self­-knowledge related to caregiving, community resources and care planning throughout the dementia journey.
  • Identify some common emotional and psychological reactions to experiencing cognitive change.
  • Describe health disparities pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Describe cultural competence related to ethnic and cultural differences in caregiving roles and expectations.
  • Explain the importance of legal and financial planning in relation to culture and individual differences to preserve choice, self-determination and personhood.
  • Identify dispute resolution approaches in addressing family dynamics.
  • Apply best practice approaches to responding to individual and family challenges in adjusting to key transition points throughout the dementia journey.
  • Identify ethical issues in advanced care planning and end of life decision making. Describe hospice and palliative care options and criteria and implement best practices in facilitating end of life conversations with patients and families.
  • Identify and reflect on gaps of self-knowledge related to behavioral assessment and interventions.
  • Describe the impact of personal characteristics, culture and background of an individual with dementia on his/her journey through the middle stages of the disease.
  • Identify the contribution of chronic illness and the aging process to the behaviors of individuals with dementia.
  • Describe the contribution of anxiety and depression to understanding the person's journey.
  • List common behavioral challenges in mid stage dementia.
  • Identify risks and triggers in the assessment of behavior changes and implement best practices in person­-centered interventions.
  • Identify the effect of chronic stress on coping and well-being.
  • Describe the latest research and implications in wellness practices, such as exercise, tai chi, yoga, etc., for individuals, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
  • Describe how expressive arts, such as storytelling, music, painting, and movement can improve quality of life in the home and in residential care throughout the dementia journey.
  • Implement simple and brief mindfulness-based practices to foster a healthy work-life balance.
  • Identify and reflect on gaps of self-knowledge related to prevention research and strategies.
  • Identify current prevention trials and explore the implications of prevention research.
  • Describe research behind the heart-brain connection and the neuroprotective properties of exercise, diet, mental activity, and socialization.
  • Explain public policy efforts and interventions needed to address the Alzheimer's epidemic.
  • Describe an innovative practice change model: ACT on Alzheimer's.
  • Explore the role of dementia experts in leading change. Demonstrate assessment and intervention approaches through case study presentation.

Self-Paced Agenda

Expected DurationDescription
self-paced1.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on the Psychosocial Aspects of Dementia
self-paced1.2 Dementia Symptoms and Their Impacts
self-paced1.3 Person-Center Living
self-paced1.4 Multicultural Aging in the U.S.
self-paced2.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on the Biological Aspects of Dementia
self-paced2.2 The Aging Brain: How the Brain Works and Normal Cognitive Changes
self-paced2.3 Early Identification and Diagnosis of MCI and Dementia Subtypes
self-paced2.4 Medical Treatment & Comprehensive Management of Dementia
self-paced2.5 Genetics, Biomarkers & Predictive Testing
self-paced2.6 Diagnostic Disclosure and Person-Centered Treatment Plan
self-paced3.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on the Care Journey
self-paced3.2 Living with Memory Loss
self-paced3.3 Understanding Cultural Perspectives in Dementia Caregiving
self-paced3.4 Understanding Legal and Financial Issues
self-paced3.5 Dementia Progression: Understanding Late and End Stage Care Needs
self-paced3.6 Helping Families Navigate End of Life Care Decisions
self-paced3.7 Connecting Families to Community Resources
self-paced3.8 Adapting to Care Transitions
self-paced3.9 Best Practices in Advanced Care Planning
self-paced4.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on Behavior Change
self-paced4.2 First Step: Know the Person
self-paced4.3 Symptoms and Behavioral Change in Different Forms of Dementia
self-paced4.4 Assessment and Management
self-paced4.5 Recognizing Delirium
self-paced4.6 Easing Activities of Daily Living
self-paced4.7 Environmental and Caregiving Strategies for Reducing Risk
self-paced4.8 Helping Families Communicate Effectively to De-Escalate Crises
self-paced4.9 Observational Assessment and Evidence-Based Interventions
self-paced5.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on Mindful Practice in Dementia Care
self-paced5.2 Exploring Dementia and Creativity
self-paced5.3 Arts in Healthcare
self-paced5.4 Understanding Wellness-Based Concepts, Practices and Resources
self-paced5.5 Engaging in Wellness-Based Practices
self-paced6.1 Course Introduction: Thoughts on Impacting the Future of Dementia Care
self-paced6.2 Understanding Prevention Trials
self-paced6.3 Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer's Disease
self-paced6.4 Addressing Alzheimer's: A Case Example
hybrid certificate program

CE Contact Hours

  • 31 regular asynchronous online
  • 3 regular live interactive online

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