About 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and 200,000 are younger than age of 65. Two-thirds or 3.2 million are women. By 2050, up to 16 million people age 65 and older will have the disease unless an effective preventive therapy or cure is found. Alternative therapies such as music, touch, exercise and animal presence can often calm cognitively impaired patients, reduce their need for chemical and physical restraints, heighten their awareness, and put the “sparkle” back in their eyes.
The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses’, physical therapists’ and occupational therapists’ knowledge about the use of music, touch, and exercise and animal presence to calm cognitively impaired patients and enhance their quality of life. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Explain two physiological effects music has on the body
- Identify three ways music, touch, exercise and animal presence benefit patients with dementia
- State two ways touch can be used to calm patients
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Domain: Performance skills, patterns, Context & Environment OT Process: Intervention
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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