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Session 3 - Understanding Dementia

Introduction

Dementia is a general term that refers to a variety of brain disorders. Physical changes in the brain cause dementia.

In this session a geriatrician will explain the medical management of the disease - including types of dementia, diagnosis, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and progression. 

Learning Objectives

When you have completed this session, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between age-associated memory impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
  • Outline the process involved in making a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Describe the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Name the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and typical symptoms that may accompany the early stage.
  • Name the treatment options available for dementia.
  • Acknowledge other illnesses that might be associated with dementia.

Work through the various parts of the session at your leisure.  Move from one part to another at your own pace and in the order that makes sense to you, based on your own needs and interests.

Take time to visit the Discussion Forums, where you can post, in a common area, messages to all other community members. It’s a place for you to interact with others and to discuss the topics and ideas introduced throughout this session. 

At any time, you may scroll to the Search bar at the top of the page and type a specific question or topic.


Parts

  • Introduction

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  • Part 1 - What is Alzheimer's Disease?

    Part 1
  • Part 2 - The Stages of Alzheimer's Disease: What Happens?

    Part 2
  • Part 3 - Exploring Dementia and Memory Loss

    Part 3
  • Part 4 - Getting a Diagnosis

    Part 4
  • Part 5 - Other Dementias and Associated Illnesses

    Part 5
  • Part 6 - Helpful Tips to Address Symptoms in the Early Stage

    Part 6
  • Part 7 - Reflection and Next Steps

    Part 7
  • Summary

    Summary

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