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Dementia: Early Detection, Challenges Addressed & the Latest Treatment Options

  • Challenges unique to the different types of dementias
  • Specific management strategies – that work!
  • NEW pharmacology management
  • Successful strategies for behavioral intervention
  • Assisting the overwhelmed family members
  • The latest information coming from research

Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that there are 5 million persons with dementia and by 2050 there will be 10 million or more. Healthcare staff is challenged with providing safe and quality care for this vulnerable population – across all the various settings. You are expected to provide compassionate care while achieving optimal patient outcomes, maintaining a secure/safe environment, and assisting caregivers who may suffer from compassion fatigue.

In this seminar, Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPPC-C, DNP, will provide you with the latest available information and real practical tips related to the diagnosis and management of all types of dementia. This program includes strategies to help you and family caregivers deal with behavioral problems and the unique challenges dementia presents. The recording will be filled with case studies, interactive sessions and key video examples to learn from. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn effective new strategies to improve the care you provide to this patient population.


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Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan
5 Hours 55 Minutes
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Apr 28, 2015
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD.



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Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, MSN, ANPPC-C, DNP, practices as a clinician at Geriatric Neuropsychiatric Services in Raleigh, NC. She has over 30 years of experience in the geriatric field. Previously she has worked as a nurse practitioner, director and staff nurse across various settings as she has focused in on her specialty of geriatric/dementia care. Nanette shared her knowledge with others as a clinical assistant professor at East Carolina University College of Nursing, a clinical instructor at UNCG and an adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

Nanette has presented nationally and internationally on dementia, pain management, caregiver issues, and topics specific to long-term care. She is the author of Eldercare: The Comprehensive Guide to Caregiving and a new evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the non-pharmacological management of behavioral problems in dementia. Her expertise and research are recognized through published work in Clinics of North America and in book chapters and online continuing education modules. Nanette also serves as an expert witness for several law firms and a Sigma Theta Tau Faculty Mentor.

Her educational accomplishments include an MSN from Florida State University, a DNP from Vanderbilt University and a postdoctoral fellowship in ethnogeriatrics at Stanford University.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan is a Clinical Assistant Professor at East Carolina University, College of Nursing. She will address ‘off-label’ uses of commercial products. Dr. Lavoie-Vaughan receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

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  • Distinguish the differences between the various types of dementias.
  • Explain the manifestations of various types of dementia.
  • Choose appropriate culturally-sensitive and disease-specific management strategies.
  • Differentiate between the psychotropic drug choices for dementia and associated depression, anxiety and behavioral problems.
  • Evaluate useful and creative strategies to manage the unique challenges of dementia patients.
  • Assist caregivers in managing care, making critical decisions and handling stress.
  • Analyze available resources from primary care, home health, adult day services and long-term care.
  • Determine when geriatric psychiatry services should be involved to optimally manage symptoms.


Types of Dementia & Diagnosis

  • Controlling risk factors before diagnosis
  • Getting the diagnosis early
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Lewy body
  • Vascular
  • Mixed
  • Early onset

Management Strategies

  • Alzheimer’s specific
  • Lewy body specific
  • Wandering
  • Falls
  • Nutrition
  • Driving
  • Home safety
  • Environment
  • Sleep patterns
  • Bowel function
  • Emergent situations


  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors
  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiolytics
  • Antipsychotics
  • The current challenge to reduce antipsychotics

Interventions for the Unique Challenges

  • Aggression - verbal, physical
  • Sexual inappropriateness
  • Delusions/Hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Racism
  • Cultural differences
  • Delirium
  • Pre-morbid experiences and personality

Assisting the Overwhelmed Caregivers

  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Stress reduction
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Safety
  • Making difficult decisions
  • Respite
  • Hospice/End of life care
  • Helping children understand
  • Working with low literacy and English as a Second Language caregivers


  • Organizations
  • Support groups
  • Educational materials
  • The latest practice guidelines
  • Insurance and finance considerations
  • Staff training
  • Using geriatric neuropsychiatry services

What’s On the Horizon

  • Research for early diagnosis and treatment
  • Care facilities
  • Aging in place

Target Audience

Case Managers, Nurses, Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, and other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      4.3

Total Reviews: 21


Elizabeth K - Manchester, Maryland

"Speaker was very good. She was interesting."

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