Online Education | Geriatric Healthcare 2016 | ADRD Series

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Online education for healthcare professionals who treat patients for Alzheimer's disease.


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Course Description

This series of ten lectures, jointly provided by the Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC) and de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging, provides practical information on Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias (ADRD). The goal is to assist members of the healthcare team in developing and enhancing interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability. Lectures cover an array of topics and were recorded during live telecasts from the University of Washington Health Sciences Center to clinical settings in the Pacific Northwest.

These lectures were recorded March through May 2016 at the University of Washington.

Publish Date: September 1, 2016; Enrollment will close September 1, 2019.

Comments from students

"These lectures made me feel like I could speak about dementia and Alzheimer's with confidence."

"I love these courses. They help me learn about my work and ways to improve my job!"

"Always great trainings!  I love the detailed information these courses offer."

"This series is really pertinent to my caregiving position at an adult family home."

"This offering and others I've taken from UWCNE have always had great updated and tested information."

Target audience

This series is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, long term care workers, residential care coordinators, caregivers and other interested professionals. 

Objectives for learning outcomes

After taking this activity set, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe key findings in dementia.
  2. Characterize dementia, delirium and depression.
  3. Describe management of Parkinson's disease and pharmacological treatment options.
  4. Describe ways in which a diagnosis of dementia affects quality of life.
  5. Identify the four decision-making abilities that are assessed when a patient's decisional capacity is questioned.
  6. List tools that can help identify and address caregiver distress.
  7. Explain legal, ethical and medical aspects of Advance Care Directives.
  8. Discuss the financial and public health implications of dementia and multiple chronic conditions.
  9. Identify the most prevalent cognitive risk factors that threaten driving skills.
  10. Explain core concepts of the clinical presentation of dementia and the patient/family experience.


  • Lianne Hirano, MD
    Acting Instructor, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, UW School of Medicine, Seattle
  • Rebecca Logsdon, PhD
    Research Professor, Psychosocial and Community Health, UW School of Nursing, Seattle 
  • Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD
    Co-Director, Memory Wellness Clinic, Virginia Mason Medical Center Neurosciences Institute, Seattle
  • Ali Samii, MD
    Professor of Neurology, UW School of Medicine; Co-Director, Movement Disorder Fellowship, Seattle
  • Mark B. Snowden, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine, Seattle
  • Richard Stuart, DSW, ABPP
    Clinical Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UW School of Medicine, Seattle
  • Stephen Thielke, MD, MSPH
    Associate Professor, Psychiatry, VA Pugest Sound Health Care System, Seattle
  • Emily Trittschuh, PhD
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, UW School of Medicine, Seattle
  • Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH
    Associate Professor, Chair, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Ethics Consultation, Seattle

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Software Requirements

  • Desktop Computers need AdobeConnect (If you don't have this program, you will be prompted to download it.)
  • iPhones and iPads need the Photon Browser App in order to play the Flash videos in this course. Use Photon as your browser, not Safari. 


How to earn contact hour credit

Each module is 1.5 contact hours and includes a lecture video, self-assessment post-test, and evaluation. To earn contact hours (1.5 per module), watch the lecture, complete the post-test, and submit the online evaluation. You may take the post-test as many times as needed to achieve the required score of 80%.

You may print a certificate at any time for the modules you have completed.

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Course format 
Time & place
Start and expiration dates 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Thursday, October 15, 2020
Price: $45.00
Available credit
  • 15.00 Contact hours
  • 1.50 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level