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How to Recognize and Describe Dementia - OT10

How to Recognize and Describe Dementia

by Monica Robinson, OTR/L, MS, FAOTA
(4.5 / 1104 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


OTs work with clients throughout the life span, and are often positioned to note changes in everyday activity that reflect the early stages of cognitive decline. Early screening and referral for diagnosis and intervention may help some clients to live more safely and productively for longer periods of time. The goal of this article is to educate OT practitioners about the definition of dementia, recognize symptoms of differential diagnoses, and understand the types of dementias and the clinical significance of using the global scales for staging the severity of dementia. 


The goal of this program is to teach OTs 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.
  • State how global scales for staging dementia are efficacious to use in clinical practice.
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation

Accreditation Information

OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 4/13/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/13/2011
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/13/2014

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.

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


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Denise E - Bountiful, UT  ·  Oct 24, 2016
Very detailed and informative. Will help in my field of OT as I work primarily with the geriatric population.
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Nerlande F - Valley Cotage, NY  ·  Oct 08, 2016
Very informative and relevant
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Pradnya K - North Brunswick, NJ  ·  Sep 25, 2016
Good review of dementia.
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Teresa B - Troy, AL  ·  Aug 31, 2016
Very factual and informative but noting there is so much more to be learned.
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GINGER A - New Albany, MS  ·  Jul 19, 2016
This course was very informative.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50