Advanced Dementia: The Need for Palliative Care

  • Open Enrollment Online Course

This is one of five modules in the Caring for Person’s with Alzheimer’s disease and Other Related Dementias and their Families Across the Continuum of Care series. Each learning module is self-paced and focuses on a specific stage of dementia. The overall purpose of the series is to increase the knowledge and skills of nursing and other healthcare professionals to enable them to facilitate optimal dementia care and family support during all stages of the illness. The information provided may also be of interest and helpful to the general public.

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Course Details

Content includes: stages, progression and impact of dementia; medical care focus; palliative care, behavioral challenges and approaches; functional changes and support; and long term planning.

Module includes: voice-enhanced PowerPoint presentations, videos, interactive learning activities, references, call to action, post-test and evaluation. 

Time required: approximately 2 hours; can be completed at one time or in 15-20 minute segments taken at your own pace.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe features of advanced dementia.
  • Describe medical care, common behavioral challenges, and functional changes that occur in the person with advanced dementia (PWAD).
  • Identify education and support needs, lifestyle changes, and long-term planning for persons with advanced stage illness and their family.
  • Describe nursing assessment, planning, and interventions with outcomes and implications for palliative care.

Target Audience: Nurses and healthcare providers in clinical and academic settings.


The Caring for Person’s with Alzheimer’s disease and Other Related Dementias and their Families Across the Continuum of Care online series was made possible by funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.


About the Instructor

Dr. Carol O. Long 

Dr. Carol Long is currently CEO and Principal for Capstone Healthcare. She is an expert in palliative care and author/speaker on dementia care nationally and internationally in the countries of Taiwan, Thailand, China (Hong Kong) and Singapore. She has authored numerous publications on advanced dementia care and is a researcher on several grants locally and across the US. Dr. Long has received numerous awards from state and national organizations for work in gerontological nursing and dementia care.

Some of her professional activities includes: Fellow of Palliative Care Nursing designation from the national Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association, Transcultural Nursing Scholar, Transcultural Nursing Society International, End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) national team and trainer. Dr. Long was honored with the Arizona Geriatrics Society Gerontologist of the Year Award in 2006 and the ELNEC Distinguished Trainer in 2008.


This is an online open enrollment course. After registering, you can access the online course by clicking the 'My CE' tab and then following the 'Blackboard 1.0' link to the right of the course title under 'Courses I'm registered for'.

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