Mild Dementia: Promoting Function and Maintaining Independence

  • 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: review of early stage dementia, medical care and expected outcomes, behavioral challenges and strategies, functional changes and support, educational needs, long-term planning, and lifestyle and pleasant events.

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

Time required: approximately 2 ½ hours; can be completed at one time or in 15-20 minute segments taken at your own pace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review expected changes in memory, thinking, mood and function in mild dementia
  • Outline necessary medical and symptom management of mild dementia
  • Describe techniques to minimize common behavioral challenges in mild dementia
  • Describe interventions to minimize common safety concerns in mild dementia
  • Summarize key nursing interventions to facilitate the education, pleasant events, and support needs of patients and care partners managing mild dementia

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

Jan Dougherty, RN, MS

Jan Dougherty is director of family & community services at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She has over 20 years experience in the care of older adults with specialization in dementia care. Jan is noted for the development and evaluation of numerous programs that support patients/family caregivers with dementia from early stages to hospice care.


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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