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Advanced Topics in Interpersonal Practice

SW790, Section 004

This course presents advanced topics in interpersonal practice. The topics may include emerging practice methods, advanced application of methods covered in other required methods courses, and applications of methods in specific populations.

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This course introduces students to the world of dementia care for older adults and family caregivers. Demographic data regarding increased incidence of dementia in all ethnic/racial and socioeconomic groups will frame examination of intervention research with individuals with dementia and family caregivers.

This course will include an overview of the most common causes of dementia in older adults, with a particular focus on the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Research-based interventions will be examined for early, middle, and late stage dementia, both for the individual and family caregivers. The instructor will introduce observational and assessment tools for both populations and discuss their use in practice.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Discuss the major causes of dementia in older adults and the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
2. Demonstrate effective ways of assessing and working with individuals with dementia.
3. Offer examples of caregiving issues at each stage of dementia.
4. Discuss knowledgeably ethical dilemmas that occur in dementia practice.

Semester: Spring / Summer 2012
Instructor: Spencer, Beth
Topic: Working with Individuals with Dementia and Their Families
U-M Class #: 61880
Time: Thu Thursdays June 28 and July 5, 2012 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: 3752 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

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