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The Aging Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias: Comprehensive Training Course

Older adults with dementia and other mental health issues interact with a variety of professionals including nursing staff, psychologists, counsellors, social workers, OTs, PTs, SLPs, home health aides, adult day centre staff, and first responders. Still, many haven’t had extensive training on the complexities that make working with this population so challenging.

Without appropriate training, safety risks grow and opportunities to improve care and quality of life are missed.

This 2-day comprehensive recording is a must-have for anyone working with older adult patients facing Alzheimer’s Disease, other dementias, and mental health issues like anxiety and depression. You’ll discover how you can assess for and differentiate between different types of dementias, maximize daily functioning, better work with significant mental health issues like anxiety, depression and substance use in older patients, and safely and effectively intervene when difficult behaviours arise.

No matter your profession, you can’t afford to miss this chance to get the skills, tactics, and knowledge you need to provide the best care possible!


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Roy D. Steinberg, Ph.D.
12 Hours 15 Minutes
Feb 05, 2020
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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 12.25 hours CPD.



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ROY D. STEINBERG, PhD, a gero-psychologist with over 22 years of experience, concentrates his work on diagnosing and facilitating treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He has lectured nationally on the assessment and treatment of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, and on increasing attention on caring for caregivers. Dr. Steinberg is the author of Forgetting the Memories: A Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s Disease a guide for caregivers that draws upon his profound knowledge of the disease, its manifestations and treatment, and his great love and tenderness as the son of an Alzheimer's patient.

Dr. Steinberg maintains a private practice devoted exclusively to serving older adults and their caregivers. He provides evaluation, consultation, and psychotherapeutic services to older adults in nursing homes, assisted living, and medical facilities. Dr. Steinberg provides outpatient consultation, educational, and counseling services to families and other caregivers of older adults to facilitate coping with the process of dementia.

Dr. Steinberg is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. He received his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology at Berkeley. He has been featured in numerous media venues, including television, radio, and print.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Roy Steinberg maintains a private practice. He is an author for AuthorHouse. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Roy Steinberg has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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  1. Assess the impact of dementia on brain structure and function.
  2. Determine the difference between “normal forgetfulness” and cognitive impairment.
  3. Discriminate Alzheimer’s Disease from other dementias by identifying manifestations of each type.
  4. Articulate the differences between the Folstein Mini-Mental Status examination, SLUMS and MOCA as screening measuring tools for cognitive impairment and dementia.
  5. Communicate how difficult questions from family members can be answered with confidence and sensitivity.
  6. Establish how clinicians can effectively intervene in delusions, resisting care and combativeness.
  7. Articulate how clinical interventions can be adapted to provide patients with individualized care and promote more effective participation in therapy.
  8. Correlate patients’ strengths and limitations to potential therapeutic approaches for older adults.
  9. Specify how professionals can work in partnership with families to improve care.
  10. Investigate the concept of caregiver guilt and its implications for the client, clinicians, and those caring for older adults with dementia.
  11. Explore how end of life and elder abuse issues inform decisions regarding patient responsibility and documentation.
  12. Characterize how to differentiate dementia from depression despite similar clinical manifestations.



Brain Topography, Function, and “Normal Aging”

  • Temporal Lobe
  • Frontal Lobe
  • Parietal Lobe
  • Occipital Lobe
  • Impact of dementia on brain structure and functioning
  • How we view the patient – compassion and sensitivity in your work

Cognitive Disorder and “Forgetfulness”

  • ”Normal aging” and ageism
  • Transient Cognitive Decline
  • Pre-cursor to dementia
  • Mild Neuro-Cognitive Disorder

Clearly Understand Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s Disease and Differentiate it from Other Dementias

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Vascular
  • Parkinson’s
  • Lewy Body
  • Frontotemporal
  • Potentially reversible conditions
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff

Easy-to-Use Cognitive Assessment Tools

  • Mini-Mental State Examination
  • Clinical applications
  • Administration and scoring
  • Objective and subjective interpretation

The Latest Medications and Preventative Treatments

  • Current medications
  • Early and Mid-stage Alzheimer’s
  • Mid and Late-stage Alzheimer’s
  • Preventative treatments
  • Alternate interventions


Mental Health Evaluation

  • Depression
    • Major Depression
    • Persistent Depressive Disorder
    • Adjustment Disorder
    • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Differentiate dementia and depression
  • Practical applications

Mental Health Interventions

  • Therapy modalities
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
  • Garden Therapy

Difficult Behaviors Related to Dementia: Triggers and Effective Intervention Techniques

  • Goals and general concepts
  • Individualizing care – strengths and limitations
  • Depression
  • Delusions and hallucinations
  • Potential causes and complications
  • Agitation/restlessness – triggers and care planning
  • Activities of Daily Living – structure and engagement strategies
  • Tactics for verbal and physical combativeness
  • Elopement – reduce risks and action steps
  • Adapting as the disease progresses

Sexual Intimacy in the Elderly

  • Sexual manifestations and expression
  • Dementia and marital sex
  • Assessment tools for ability to consent
  • Sexual expressiveness and interventions for dignity

Working with Caregivers: Family as Members of the Care Team

  • The most common questions from family
  • Family dynamics
  • Normalizing change
  • Anticipatory grief counselling
  • Caregiver self-assessment scale
  • Caregiver stress, depression and guilt – coping mechanisms
  • Coping for the clinician


  • End of life issues
  • Responsibility to patient
  • Power of Attorney
  • Caregiver stress, depression and guilt – coping mechanisms
  • Documentation

Target Audience

  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Assisted Living Facility Administrators
  • Case Managers
  • Long Term/Acute Care Professionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 7


Valerie G - Casa Grande, Arizona

"Roy Steinberg is inspiring!!"

Pamela M - Madison, Wisconsin

"Excellent course and presentation style"

Ashley T - TRACY, California

"excellent! thank you so much"

Anne M - FRUITLAND, Idaho

"I work in a men's correctional facility. We are only now beginning to really address these issues in our population. This has been very helpful!"

Marilyn K - WINDSOR, California

"excellent speaker; well informed and knowledgeable; one of the best education seminars I've participated in"

Lori K - HANOVER, Pennsylvania

"Very well put together, clear and concise information provided."

Diane M - Pullman, Washington

"very good information and well- presented."

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