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Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities who develop Dementia

As life expectancy for people with developmental disabilities increases, they are at higher risk to develop dementia. This four-part, on-line learning series introduces learners to the important topic of dementia in people with developmental disabilities.

Learning series author Elisabeth Antifeau gives an overview of the four modules in this ‘Caring Voices Network’ presentation, sponsored by the BC Psychogeriatric Association. Click here to listen to the webinar recording.

The learning series targets interdisciplinary health professionals, physicians, Community Living BC staff and Community Living Society providers who work with this population and who encounter dementia related issues for aging individuals.  Learn more by exploring the full series below.  You can work through each module at your own pace. A Certificate of Completion is issued after completing the fourth learning module.

Module 1: Promoting Brain Health (25 minutes)

The first module in this four-part learning series examines the relationship between chronic disease, brain health and dementia risks. Learn how to assess risk factors and promote brain health strategies to reduce the risk of dementia for individuals with a developmental disability.  Upon completion of this module, please return here to complete a brief evaluation before starting Module 2.

Module 2: Screening and Early Detection of Dementia (18 minutes)

The second module in this four-part learning series identifies the four domains of early cognitive change (thinking, behaviour, function and mood), and provides practical screening tools for front-line providers to enable early detection and referral for diagnosis. Upon completion of this module, please return here to complete a brief evaluation before starting Module 3.

Module 3: The Pathway to Diagnosis (16 minutes)

The focus of this third module is on understanding the diagnostic pathway, and how to best provide support and information for the individual, family and their support network throughout this process, as well as immediately following the diagnosis of dementia. Upon completion of this module, please return here to complete a brief evaluation before starting Module 4.

Module 4: Addressing Dementia Related Needs (14 minutes)

The fourth and final module of this four-part learning series highlights the changing care needs of individuals with developmental disabilities across the journey of dementia, from the earliest signs of cognitive impairment, through the early, middle, late and palliative stages of dementia.  Upon completion of this module, please return here to complete a brief evaluation.

Project Development and Script Writing by: Elisabeth Antifeau, RN, MScN, GNC(C), Community Integration Health Services, Interior Health
Project Funding kindly provided by the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and BC Ministry of Health with residual funding received from the Grant to Improve Dementia Care in BC.
Module Development by: Jel Protection Ltd.

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