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Sex and Dementia

Following each lesson, there is a quiz.  You must achieve a score of 70% to move on to the next lesson. The use of quizzes satisfies the CCL regulation that online courses be interactive.

Sex and Dementia
This course focuses on dementia and sexuality, intimacy, and sexual behavior in care homes—a subject which remains one of the last taboos of long-term care. The onset of old age or a cognitive impairment does not erase the need for affection, intimacy, and/or relationships, and yet this aspect of aging has often been ignored and sidelined in policy and practice.

While the issues involved can be complex, controversial, and sensitive, and may challenge our own beliefs and value system, it is essential that we understand more about them to foster a more person-centered approach to dementia care. Care home residents with dementia often have complex care needs and trying to understand and respond to the more intimate and sexual aspects of a resident’s personality can be challenging.
This course will also aim to challenge negative attitudes and misconceptions about older people with dementia and their sexuality.

There is a common belief that older people do not engage in or enjoy sexual activity. This belief ignores the fact that all human beings have the capacity and need to express their sexuality no matter their age or disability. Sexual expression is more than a physical sex act; it is the essence of what makes us male and female. The course objective is to provide care providers with the knowledge to enable sexual expression in people suffering from dementia in a meaningful way without loss of dignity or self-esteem.

How do we provide care to individuals with dementia that encompasses the need for sexual expression without putting our own values, feelings, and constraints on the person? Care providers are often in a difficult position of having to judge what is acceptable behavior. These decisions may cause distress to either the person with dementia or their families. It is hoped that this course will shed light on this difficult topic by a deeper look at the meaning and expression of sexuality in dementia.

Alzheimers Dementia: History, Intervention and Research

This course is not approved for GH or STRTP.

Following each lesson, there is a quiz. You must achieve a score of 70% to move on to the next lesson. The use of quizzes satisfies the CCL regulation that online courses be interactive.

This course meets 5 of the 8 hour RCFE requirement for Dementia.


Course Summary

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease that destroys memory and personality and ultimately leads to death. The story begins with the discovery of Alzheimer’s disease by Alois Alzheimer in 1901 and concludes with how music and storytelling help victims reclaim their identity and self-worth. Students will learn to identify the characteristics of Alzheimer’s and the stages of the disease.

Students will also learn about  how a virus and cholesterol may be  risk factors  for Alzheimer’s.  A fascinating lesson on the use of marijuana and its possible role in prevention is included.  Administrators will learn the importance of empathy, and the basics of how to intervene with clients who display delusions, agitation, hallucinations, and aggression.

The objectives of the course are:
Learn the history of Alois Alzheimer and Alzheimer’s disease
Learn the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s
Learn the causes, prevalence, and risk factors
Learn about Alzheimer’s research and viral links

Learn about treatment methods

Learn to assess dementia behavior
Learn techniques and strategies for handling difficult behaviors
Learn about beneficial activities and environment
Learn about music and storytelling therapies