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Nursing Management of Dementia: Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

presented by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

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Lisa Byrd is an employee of Florida Health Plans – BCBS. She is currently on Speaker’s Bureaus for Purdue Pharmaceuticals and Avanir Pharmaceuticals and is on the Advisory Board for Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

Nurses caring for older adults should develop an understanding of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the current research findings which may help prevent, or at least slow, the disease. Alzheimer's disease affects many older adults, and this population will explode as the baby boomer generation grays. This presentation series will discuss the basic stages of Alzheimer's disease and present strategies to prevent the disease as well as ways to slow the progression of the dementia. The presenter will review the findings of research, which have supported a healthy-brain lifestyle, including diet, supplements, and exercise strategies to minimize risk factors.

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Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, Gerontologist, is an expert in caring for older adults and a seasoned Certified Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She treats numerous patients in nursing homes, an outpatient clinic, and hospital inpatient settings.

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1. Assessment

The assessment of an older person for health problems, including potential dementia, will be reviewed in order to appropriately diagnose a cause of confusion and/or dementia. This chapter will present how to perform a basic physical and diagnostic work up, including a review of the various examinations and laboratory/radiological tests which are performed in older individuals who present with confusion or dementia.

2. Stages of AD

There are 4 stages of Alzheimer’s disease: early, middle, late, and terminal. This chapter discusses the different stages of dementia in AD and the behaviors which often present in each stage.

3. Getting a Diagnosis

Interpreting the finding of an examination and work-up will lead to a diagnosis of the cause of confusion and/or dementia in older adults. This chapter reviews how to interpret these findings and develop a diagnosis and/or offer differential diagnoses.

4. Behavioral Issues in Early Dementia

During the early stage of dementia, the behaviors presented in older adults can often be confused with depression, anxiety, or other medical conditions. This chapter with review the different aspects of behavior in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Management and Interventions

Preventing or slowing Alzheimer’s disease has been the main focus of recent research. This chapter focuses on nonpharmacological ways that have been suggested to prevent or slow the disease.

6. Pharmacological Treatments

Pharmacological therapies have been shown to slow Alzheimer’s disease. This chapter reviews the currently acceptable medications used to slow the disease or manage the behaviors presented in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

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