PDM701 - Dementia: Classifications and Treatment Modalities

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Subject Title
Dementia: Classifications and Treatment Modalities

Subject Description
This course provides tools to assist the recreation therapist working with people with neurocognitive disorders (formerly ?dementia?) across a lifespan with a strong focus on the adult and older adult populations. The following areas are explored: normal brain function vs cognitively impaired brain function; dementia as mental health disorder over a lifespan with a focus on older adults, anatomy and physiology of the brain, symptoms and assessments of various neurocognitive disorders, treatment options for the recreation therapist, ?person in environment? type programs, environmental modifications, staff interactions, best practices, systemic and individual advocacy, documentation, and an introduction to legal issues

Credit Status
This is a professional option course in the Bachelors of Therapeutic Recreation and it addresses two professional concentrations: disability services and mental health.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.         Critique neurocognitive mental health stereotypes related to later life.
2.         Discuss normal brain & mental health development and stages in later life.
3.         Identify the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors in the development of neurocognitive disorders.
4.         Define and classify the common forms of neurocognitive disorders according to the DSM5.
5.         Interpret a variety of assessment tools used to evaluate for cognitive function and spared capacity.
6.         Apply a wide variety of therapeutic recreation interventions for those with neurocognitive disorders.
7.         Describe the various 'Person-In-Environment' programs currently used in care for people with neurocognitive disorders.
8.         Design physical environment modifications for programs for older adults with NCDs.
9.         Assess the current systemic issues in caring for people with NCDs and the current local advocacy groups.
10.       Demonstrate professional documentation for therapeutic case management and client advocacy.
11.       Discuss the legal issues related to working with people with NCDs i.e. SDM, PoA, Competency, Committeeship, OPGT, mental health Act and Form 1, Landlord and Tenancy Act, LTCHA, RHA etc.

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