Calming the Cognitively Impaired - OT248

Calming the Cognitively Impaired

by Marian D. Edmiston, DEd, MSN, RN-BC
(4.5 / 2298 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


In 2019, an estimated 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease. 5.6 million were older than age 65, and about 200,000 younger individuals had early-onset Alzheimer’s. An increasingly older population is expected to add to these numbers dramatically. Currently, a diagnosis of AD is made every 65 seconds. By 2050, nearly 14 million people ages 65 and older will be diagnosed with AD.


The goal of this continuing education course is to update healthcare providers’ knowledge about the use of music, touch, 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 alternative therapies can be used to calm patients.
  • Cite two emerging methods of care that can increase stress in patients and decrease the care burden for staff.
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content area
Domain of OT: Performance skills
Domain of OT: Performance patterns
Domain of OT: Context & Environment
OT Process: Intervention

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. 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).

Course Originally Released on: 1/8/2001
Date of Most Recent Review: 6/25/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/25/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Satish P - Azusa, CA  ·  May 17, 2020
By taking this course I updated very much my knowledge about the use of music, touch, exercise, and animal presence to calm cognitively impaired patients to enhance their quality of life.
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Abigail F - Philadelphia, PA  ·  May 17, 2020
advance my clinical knowledge
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Christina M - Susquehanna, PA  ·  Apr 28, 2020
This is a good reminder of various activities to do with my cognitively impaired residents
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Lauren C - Tampa, FL  ·  Apr 08, 2020
Great examples of ways to incorporate the research
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Lauren V - Middletown, DE  ·  Apr 05, 2020
Applicable interventions in any setting.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50