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Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

This course, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on research findings reported and projects funded in 2011 and the first half of 2012. These highlights, prepared by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), the lead institute within NIH for Alzheimer’s research, covers work by an active scientific community. This work aims to elucidate the basic mechanisms and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, and then apply this knowledge to the development and testing of new interventions to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The efforts of researchers and clinicians—made possible by the many people who volunteer for clinical studies and trials—may one day lead to a future free of this devastating disorder. This course details some of the recent progress toward that goal. Topics include:
  • A Primer on AD and the Brain
  • Advancing the Future of Alzheimer's Research
  • Prevalence of AD
  • Understanding the Biology of AD
  • The Genetics of AD
  • Assessing Risk Factors for Cognitive Decline and Dementia
  • Developing New Treatments for AD
  • Advances in Detecting AD
  • Caring for People with AD
  • Health Disparities and AD

Closeout Course #30-68 | 2012 | 39 pages | 21 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1.Cite prevalence estimates that have led to a certain urgency to find ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s
2.List the five goals of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease
3.Identify the key biological processes upon which the function and survival of neurons depend
4.Name relevant factors in brain neurodegeneration identified by recent neuroimaging studies
5.List risk factors that are considered in assessing for cognitive decline and dementia
6.Identify the phases of clinical trials used for testing therapies to treat, delay, or prevent Alzheimer's

NBCC ACEP Approved ProviderNBCC Clock Hours: 3 | 
NBCC ACEP Number: 5590 | 

Professional Development Resources
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This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 1974, the NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people. http://www.nia.nih.gov/

Instructor Disclosure: Not available. The content for this program was developed and published prior to the ASHA Continuing Education Board requiring instructional personnel to provide financial and nonfinancial disclosure statements.

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