College of Public Health students graduating
Kentucky and Appalachia Public Health Training Center

Alzheimer's Training for Health Care Providers

Course Description

The diagnosis and treatment of dementia is an emerging healthcare imperative with close to 6 million persons in the US suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Specialized knowledge in diagnosis and treatment of dementing conditions is relegated to a small handful of specialty-trained behavioral neurologists and geriatric psychiatrists, supported by an equally small population of medical support staff including nurses, social workers, CNAs, and PT/OT staff. This is clearly inadequate to meet the burgeoning demand.

These educational activities will utilize a multidisciplinary team of health care providers to provide state-of-the-art training in the diagnosis and management of dementia specifically targeting providers in Appalachia Kentucky. The information provided will prove useful to health care providers irrespective of their individual clinical roles in the health care system, and will further broaden awareness of the need for a multidisciplinary approach in the management of dementia that is critical for the health of our aging population in these medically underserved, healthcare provider shortage areas.

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