Dementia Therapies and Interventions

Dementia Therapies and Interventions

Release Date: December 12, 2017
Expiration Date: December 12, 2019
Format: Online Enduring Activity

Target Audience

This activity is intended for Interdisciplinary healthcare professionals, RN, LVN, LNFA, SW, LPC, and Home Health Caregivers in 3 types of care settings: facility-based staff, home health caregivers, and primary care physician office staff.

Statement of Need

Studies have found that more than 90% of people with dementia will experience behavioral and psychotic symptoms during the course of their disease progression. Due to a lack of FDA approved drug treatments for behavioral and psychotic symptoms, atypical antipsychotics have been the first line of treatment for many years. Evidence shows that antipsychotics have limited effectiveness and increase the risk for mortality and cerebrovascular events among users with dementia. Substantial evidence shows that nonpharmacological approaches can yield high levels of patient and caregiver satisfaction, quality of life improvements, and reductions in behavioral symptoms. This video addresses the appropriate use of medication in dementia care and discusses best practices in nonpharmacologic therapies and implementation in standard dementia care.

This program is the second in a three part series that will address deficiencies in healthcare professional knowledge/competence related to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the role of the Healthcare Professional.

Learning Outcome:
This activity will give the participant a higher level of understanding of the non-pharmacologic approaches used to treat dementia due to the lack of FDA approved drug treatments for behavioral and psychotic symptoms.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity learners should be able to:

  • Explain the use and efficacy of the FDA approved Alzheimer’s disease medications;
  • Discuss and evaluate the appropriate use and efficacy for off-label and antipsychotic medications in treating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Evaluate best practices in nonpharmacological therapies for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  • Assess and discuss best practices for implementing culture change in long-term care settings and making it a part of standard dementia care; and 
  • Identify at least three community resources. 

Accreditation Statements


UNT Health Science Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE activity has been jointly provided by UNT Health Science Center collaboratively with James L. West Alzheimer's Center.

This activity provides up to 1.00 contact hour.

Social Work

This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

Licensed Professional Counselor (Texas LPC CEU)

University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.

Faculty and Disclosures

Joey Berck has nothing to disclose.
Shara Elrod has nothing to disclose.
Susan Farris has nothing to disclose.
James Hall has nothing to disclose.
Barbara Harty has nothing to disclose.
Linda Mayfield has nothing to disclose.
Laura McEntire has nothing to disclose.

The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO office staff nor any of the planning team have anything to disclose.

Reporting of Perceived Bias
Bias is defined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC COA) as preferential influence that causes a distortion of opinion or of fact.  Commerical bias may occur when a CNE activity promotes one or more product(s), drugs, devices, services, software, hardware, etc).  This definition is not all inclusive and participants may use their own inrerpretation in deciding if a presentation is biased.

The ANCC COA is interested in the opinions and perceptions of participants at approved CNE activities, especially in the presence of actual or perceived bias in continuing education.  Therefore, ANCC invites participants to access their "ANCC Accreditation Feedback Line" to report any noted bias or conflict of itnerest in the educational activity.  The toll free number is 1 (866) 262-9730.

Nursing Approval Statement

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

"Dementia Therapies and Interventions"

Requirements for Successful Completion:
To receive a certificate of completion, participants are required to attend the entire activity.  To receive credit for your participation you must complete the required posttest and evaluation which follows the activity.

Once successful completion has been verified, a "Certificate of Successful Completion" will be awarded for 1 contact hour.

The objectives of this activity are found above.


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Technical Requirements

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WE-HAIL LogoThis project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1QHP287350100. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  No commercial support was received for this activity.