Moderate Dementia: Functional Losses and Management

  • 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: symptoms of moderate dementia, excess disability, medical management, progressively lowered stress threshold, planning care, and outcome measures.

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

Time required: approximately 2 ¼ hours; can be completed at one time or in 15-20 minute segments taken at your own pace.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess functional losses of a person with moderate dementia, establishing the person’s abilities to participate in their care.
  • List four essential areas of medical care for people with moderate dementia.
  • List four antidementia medications.
  • Discuss issues related to medication use for non-cognitive behavioral symptoms.
  • Define “excess disability,” describe six common causes, and list two measures to prevent each.

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

Geri Hall

Geri Hall is an Advanced Practice Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. She is a nurse leader in the care of persons with dementia and has served on numerous boards, panels, task forces and public policy committees to develop standards for dementia care. Dr. Hall is noted for the development of the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold Model (PLST), used to plan care for persons with dementia. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


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