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The Aging Brain, Part A: Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

presented by Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

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

Non-Financial: Jennifer Bottomley has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will be retired and no longer available as of January 11, 2022. Please complete the course by December 31, 2021 to receive credit or look for Functional Cognition Part 1: Impairment & Dementia, available in the course catalogue.

This course, with Jennifer Bottomley, is designed to provide the clinician with an overview of the central neurological changes that occur with aging, as well as the pathological manifestations of the aging brain. The clinical features of confusion and delirium, forgetfulness, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease will be discussed. Safety considerations, environmental influences, the importance of family involvement, participation in functional tasks, and the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in treating those with dementia and Alzheimer's will also be explored. In addition, this course will delve into the specifics of Alzheimer's disease, looking at the incidence and prevalence of the disease, and investigating the pathophysiologic processes, contributions of genetics, and risk factors for Alzheimer's

Meet Your Instructor

Jennifer Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD

Jennifer M. Bottomley, PT, MS, PhD, embodies the characteristics of leadership, having worked on committees and task forces and behind the scenes to advance the goals and vision of the profession of physical therapy for 40 years. Bottomley is an independent geriatric rehabilitation program consultant, advisor, and educator. Previously, she held clinical roles at Sunspectrum…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Central Neurological Changes with Age

In this chapter, the participant will describe typical and pathological aging of the brain, the impact of aging on cellular structures of the brain, and the ultimate impact on daily activities. Differentiations between the types of dementia will also be established.

2. Pathological Manifestations of the Aging Brain: Dementias

After viewing this chapter, the online learner will be able to describe diagnoses associated with dementia. This chapter also describes strategies for managing confused clients, considering safety, the client's environment, and functional tasks.

3. Pathological Manifestations of the Aging Brain: Alzheimer’s

In this chapter, the participant will describe the clinical features of Alzheimer's disease, and contrast the normal brain and the brain affected by Alzheimer's. The chapter will also equip the participant to describe the biological mechanisms that contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease.

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