How to Recognize and Describe Dementia - PT33

How to Recognize and Describe Dementia

by Monica Robinson, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA
(4.4 / 1133 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Symptoms of dementia are devastating both to the individual diagnosed with the condition and those who are involved in the individual’s life. Dementia negatively impacts daily activities, communication, cognition and interpersonal relationships. Additionally, dementia and conditions associated with it have a significant time and financial impact on caregivers and represent a major utilization of healthcare dollars and resources. Between 2005 and 2009, the worldwide cost of dementia increased by 34%. The goal of this program is to teach PTs how to recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, understand the types of dementias, and understand the significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. 


The goal of this program is to teach therapists how to recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, understand the types of dementias, and understand the significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • State the symptoms associated with the general definition of dementia based on the DSM IV.
  • List three similarities and three differences between differential diagnosis of dementia delirium and depression.
  • Describe how knowing the type of dementia can direct your care plan, including two examples.

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 11S1666 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12, 12S1701 for 11/02/12 to 11/02/13; 13S1889 for 11/03/13 to 11/03/14; 14S1704 for 11/04/14 to 11/04/15; 16S2251 for 11/06/16 to 11/06/17; 17S6283 for 11/7/17 to 11/7/18).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CE110017697 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CE120017878 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CE130019755 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CE140021482 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CE150023652 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27029 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-517893 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-517893 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4056 for 11/14/11 to 11/13/12, 4549 for 11/14/12 to 11/13/13; 5242 for 11/14/13 to 11/13/14; 5808 for 11/14/14 to 11/13/15; 2135 for 11/14/15 to 11/13/16; 2016-522 for 11/14/16 to 11/13/17; 2017-428 for 11/14/17 to 11/13/18).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002698 for 12/14/11 to 12/31/12, PTCE003875 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006370 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010138 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1161-2010 for 11/15/11 to 01/31/12, 124-2012 from 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 718-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-377 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 10/28/11 to 10/28/15; 10/30/15 to 10/30/19.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/12/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17; 11/29/17 to 7/31/19.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4016 for 11/01/11 to 11/01/12; 437-4610 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 3/31/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/30/2011
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2018


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

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Peter B - Tolland , CT  ·  Sep 11, 2018
Informational basic course
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Marietta A - Lansdale, PA  ·  Sep 09, 2018
It is informative and can be applied in clinical geriatric setting.
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Ramela A - elgin, IL  ·  Sep 04, 2018
Excellent course, highly recommended.
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eugene s - middletown , NY  ·  Sep 04, 2018
I would recommend this to others to take very informative.
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Jennifer P - Fort Worth, TX  ·  Aug 23, 2018
Very informative! There was quite a bit of information I was unaware of!
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50