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Dementia: Serving the Disease Process from Beginning to End

presented by Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Jane Yakel receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

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Sooner or later, it will touch us all: our patients, family members, or someone else close to us is diagnosed with dementia. It is more important than ever to know how the diseases of dementia unfold. Knowing the Stages of Dementia are extraordinarily informative; it is like having a road map to know WHAT to do WHEN for our patient, family, friends. Serving the patient throughout the disease process has become a reality and an ethical responsibility. The focus of this course identifies the origins of dementia; completes a differential diagnosis of degenerative diseases; and outlines the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of the Seven Clinical Stages of Dementia. Developmental "mental" ages are discussed with each clinical stage, followed with specific guidelines of what a patient CAN and CAN NOT do during the disease process. Discipline-specific interventions are discussed at each clinical stage with documented samples for medical necessity and justification.

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Jane Yakel, MS, CCC-SLP

Jane Yakel, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist currently employed as private contractor and consultant. She has worked in a variety of settings which include: acute care, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, independent living facilities, hospitals, and school districts. She has been a regional and national clinical specialist or…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Dementia: Reversible or Irreversible?

This chapter will discuss open-ended discipline questions addressing the WHEN and the HOW to serve dementia, identify dementia, reversible and irreversible dementia, contributing factors to dementia and cognitive decline, and differential diagnosis of degenerative diseases.

2. Assessment: Paradigm Shift of Service Delivery and Justifying Medical Necessity

This chapter will discuss assessment or staging, patient-centered assessment, patient-centered goal development, justification of medical necessity, value / validity of dementia staging tools, specific staging tools, and paradigm shift of service delivery.

3. Seven Clinical Stages of Dementia

This chapter will describe the seven clinical stages of Dementia. For each stage, it will outline cognitive and behavioral symptoms, developmental mental ages, cognitive assist levels, mean duration, and discipline-specific treatment interventions.

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