Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GRN 235
Course Title:
Introduction to Dementia Care
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Course Description

Focuses on issues related to the care of older adults presenting behavioral and cognitive challenges, using a person-centered, person-directed approach. Introduces students to assessment, treatment and care of persons experiencing dementia, problematic mental health conditions, and the dying process. Recommend: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Designed for students with prior experience and training in basic care and dementia care. Students should contact the Gerontology Program for further information
on the course and the Advanced Behavioral & Cognitive Care Certificate of Completion.

Intended Outcomes for the course

• Distinguish normal aging and cognitive processes from cognitive decline and dementing disease, and recognize the impact of problematic mental health issues, the physiology of dying, and other processes on well-being , within a person-centered, culturally sensitive approach to care
• Work effectively with other professionals on assessment, treatment and care for older adults presenting behavioral and cognitive challenges and
requiring complex care management
• Balance responsibilities to patients, families, and one€™s personal well-being within family-care and community-based care settings
• Apply professional and ethical care standards to the care of persons with dementia, severe memory impairment, and other behavioral and cognitive

Course Activities and Design

Course is organized around learning modules that include required reading, lecture, demonstration, resources, discussion, written assignments and other assessments, and where appropriate, team projects.
Course can be offered in-class, online, or in other distributed learning formats.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

1. Completion of research-supported papers, assignments and group projects meeting defined standards.
2. Participation in, and contribution to, all class and team discussions and activities.
3. Short concept and essay examinations may also be used.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Successful and healthy aging distinguished from cognitive decline and disease processes, in multicultural and intergenerational perspective
2. Behavioral, cognitive, and mental health issues
3. The assessment process, assessment resources, and the role of observation
4. Person-centered care on a community-wide, individual, and daily basis
5. Best practices in personal and memory care
6. Care team approaches
7. Family dynamics and issues
8. End of Life (EOL) Care, including the dying process and EOL symptom management
9. Stress and boundary management
10. Professional and ethical care standards