The Clinical Implications for the Rehabilitation of Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease ( AD) and Non-Alzheimer’s Degenerative Dementias –( NADD): An Educational Program for Rehabilitation Professionals

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Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA, Speech and any Health care providers interested or working with this patient clientele
Course Level: Intermediate
Date: May 3, 2014
Check in time: 7:30-8am
Course time: 8-12 pm
Location: 2450 Riverside avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Held in Dining Room A

Course Fee: $75

Contact Hours: 3.50  ASHA
Approved for 3.75 AOTA CEUs and for PT Category 1 Credits

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Dina I. Drubach PT, D.Sc.PT, Wellness Coach
Dina I. Drubach, DSc.PT,
is a physical therapist with 16 years of clinical experience in treating persons with various neurological impairments. Dr. Drubach obtained her Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine. She also recently has become a Wellness Coach from Mayo graduate school. She currently works at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center as a Research Coordinator. She has worked on a variety of clinical drug trials in both areas of Neurology and Psychiatry. The last thirteen years of her career have been focused on Neurology and Psychiatry research. She has been a clinical education coordinator for physical therapy as well as research coordinator students in the clinical setting. Dina has also worked as Clinical Dementia Education Specialist and has facilitated support groups for patients and their families with varying dementias. She currently facilitates a support group with CUREPSP for patients with CBD, PSP, and MSA. She participates as an educator in various seminars held by Mayo Clinic on dementias and is very active in educating patients and care givers on fall prevention. She is the research coordinator for a variety of clinical trials involving Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), Lewy body dementia (LBD), Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and Frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Her special interest is looking beyond mortality and disease, and to focus on how people live with their conditions.
Financial Disclosure: Ms. Dina Drubach receives an honorarium for speaking and teaching this topic.
She has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course description
Alzheimer’s and Non-Alzheimer’s Degenerative Dementias (NADD) are a group of degenerative disorders that share clinical and pathophysiological features. However, Non-Alzheimer’s Degenerative Dementias (NADD) has distinct clinical and pathological characteristics of their own. Apart from cognitive dysfunction, patients with NADD have alterations in motor control, praxis, gait, visual perception, and other areas of neurological function. Thus, they are much more likely to be referred to rehabilitation professionals than patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Many patients with these disorders have disabilities that are amenable to physical and occupational therapy interventions, and thus rehabilitation professionals are in a position to improve the quality of life of patients and caregivers.
This three-hour comprehensive, educational program directed towards rehabilitation professionals explains the pathophysiology and clinical features of these disorders. Furthermore, it covers the functional and structural imaging found in each of these conditions to better understand their underlying neurological substrate and the latest research. Finally, it addresses the challenges encountered in the rehabilitation of this population of patients. The purpose of the program is to educate therapists on how to identify, and predict ways to reduce negative consequences and improve quality of life. The neurodegenerative disorders that will be covered include Lewy body dementias (LBD), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), and corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBD).

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

Session 1:
• Describe the pathophysiology, and clinical features of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease.
• Describe the pathophysiology, and clinical features of patients with Non- Alzheimer’s degenerative dementia –NADD
Session 2:
• Recognize signs, symptoms and progression of each of the disorders
• Identify the rehabilitation needs of patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Non- Alzheimer’s Disease
• Identify and gain familiarity with scales that measure various important aspects of Alzheimer’s Dementia
Session 3:
• Recognize the value for integration of a dynamic process to re-assess and manage degenerative disorders
• Examine effective communication and learning styles with transferable skills for education of caregivers and staff

8-10 a.m.                       Session 1 
                                              -Video; Case examples
10-10:15 am                       BREAK
10:15--11 p.m.             Session 2
                                              -Video; Case Examples
11-12 p.m.                    Session 3
                                              process to re-assess and manage degenerative disorders
                                              effective communication and learning styles with transferable skills for education
                                             of caregivers and staff 
The course is approved by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy for Category I credits. Approval number: #6530

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is offered for (0.35) ASHA CEUs                                        
(Professional area, Intermediate Level).


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