Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, commonly abbreviated ADRD, requires you to have a special set of skills and knowledge to provide high quality care. In this course, you will learn what Alzheimer’s disease is, how it affects the brain, how it differs from normal aging, and how individuals typically progress through each stage. You will learn how to communicate effectively with persons with Alzheimer’s disease, how to manage challenging behaviors, and how to promote independence with activities of daily living. Finally, you will explore the impact of ADRD on the family.
As you progress through this course, it is important to remember that every person is a unique individual. They may not have all the symptoms or issues presented here. Additionally, the interventions outlined may not be effective for all individuals. To be effective in caring for persons with dementia, you must use person-centered care focusing on that specific individual’s needs and abilities