Alzheimer’s Disease and Communication

Hours: 1.00
Course Number: 0047
Course Date: 06/12/2012

Alzheimer’s Disease and Communication is a 1 hour course that focuses on communicating with individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and stresses how to learn and understand the individual's style of communication as Alzheimer's disease progresses. The course lists changes and challenges in communication that take place with Alzheimer' s disease. It also lists verbal and non-verbal communication strategies that can be helpful towards the end of the disease processes. 

Alzheimer’s Disease and Communication is both informative and practical and can enhance the communications skills of informal caregivers and healthcare professionals including social workers, case managers, nurses and nursing home administrators who provide care and services to older adults and senior diagnozed with Alzheimer's disease. 

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Learning Objectives

  1. List communication challenges
  2. Identify communication changes that take place with Alzheimer’s disease
  3. List verbal communication strategies
  4. List non-verbal communication strategies

Course Outline

1. List communication challenges
    a. Environmental Distractions
    b. Inability to Follow Step-by-Step Instructions
    c. Short-Term Memory Issues
    d. Increased Response Time
    e. Frustration, Aggression and Agitation 
2. Identify communication changes that take place with Alzheimer’s disease
    a. Decreased Attention Span
    b. Diminishing Language Comprehension
    c. Memory Deficits
    d. Challenges in the Early, Middle and Late Stages
3. List verbal communication strategies
    a. Tone, Volume and Speed of Speech 
    b. Gaining Attention, Rephrasing, Simplicity of Speech 
    c. Patient, Sensitive and Compassionate Communication 
4. List non-verbal communication strategies
    a. Body Language & Eye Contact
    b. Listening, Mindfulness, Positive Encounters 
    c. Therapeutic Humor


Instructor: Maureen Rizzo, LISW-S, LNHA, CEAL

With her knowledge of social work principles, Maureen Rizzo, LISW-S, LNHA, CEAL demonstrates practical techniques and their application to complex situations that social workers encounter every day. Her experience in the fields of social work supervision and nursing home administration provides valuable knowledge to social workers employed in senior care communities.

Target Audience

Beginner level Social Workers in senior care.

Course Delivery Method and Format

Asynchronous recorded video-based activity.

Criteria for Successful Completion

To receive continuing education credit for this program, you must complete the entire course, including registration, viewing the video program, taking the post-test and obtaining a score of at least 70% or better, and completing the program evaluation. If you do not score a 70% or better, you may take the exam again as many times as necessary to receive a passing score. When a score of 70% or better is achieved, you will be able to move forward to the evaluation and receive your certificate online.


Social Workers

1.00 HOURS
Collins Learning, #1781, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Collins Learning maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/27/2022 – 01/27/2026. Social workers completing this course receive one (1) continuing education credits.
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