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The Aging Brain, Part B: Alzheimer’s - Clinical Signs and Symptoms

presented by Jennifer Bottomley

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

Non-Financial: Jennifer Bottomley has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.

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, with Jennifer Bottomley, is designed to provide the clinician with a in-depth understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The clinical features of the disease will be discussed, including common terms associated with AD. The six functional spheres for evaluating AD will be explored to enhance the clinicians understanding of the specific needs of this patient population. The clinician will be introduced to assessment tools used during evaluation of persons with AD, including the Blessed Dementia Scale, test of tone and reflexes, gait analysis, and balance testing. Functional assessment staging of AD will also be investigated, looking at clinically observable areas of neurological dysfunction specific to AD.

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. Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's

In this chapter, the participant will describe the clinical features of Alzheimer's disease, and define terms used to describe and evaluate these clinical features.

2. Lab Section - Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Tools

In this chapter, participants will demonstrate the skills to clinically test for Alzheimer's disease, including testing impairment of muscle tone, reflexes, range of motion, balance, and memory.

3. Additional Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Tools

In this chapter, the participant will explore other assessment tools used to evaluate patients presenting with Alzheimer's disease. These assessments include the GDS, BCRS, advanced fall risk assessment, and pain scales.

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