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Current Trends and Treatment in Dementia Management-
#2025_001 Current Trends and Treatment in Dementia Management


10 Contact Hours

This interactive course was designed for the intermediate level therapist who works with the geriatric population.

The learner will be provided with valuable information about the dementia disease process. Essentials regarding how dementia dramatically affects function, ability to participate in and benefit from therapy programs,as well as practical approaches to achieve a “best therapy practice”. Strategies to meet Medicare reimbursement requirements including proper coding will be discussed. We will also explore some of the current trends and advances in dementia care and the legislative issues involving Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Finally, the course will provide the participant with a thorough foundation of the vital importance of cognitive assessment and treatment and the many opportunities that currently exist to creatively serve this population in various geriatric arenas.

Availability: 365 days from registration, unless other agreement applies


Learners who take this course will gain a tremendous understanding of all aspects of Dementia and the many ways the disease process impacts functions of daily living skills and communication.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to :

  • Discuss the dementia process and its effects on physical function and communication
  • Apply treatment strategies to address language deficits and optimize residual functions
  • Distinguish the “best practices” in dementia care, including approaches and techniques to enhance communication and participation in activities
  • Describe the current trends and advances in dementia care delivery and related research
  • Develop strategic plans of care that train caregivers to communicate with dementia patients and redirect behavior, which enhances safety
  • Use documentation techniques to accurately and effectively meet Medicare reimbursement criteria for all therapy service



Dynamic Group is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This program is offered for 1.0 CEU, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Client Factors; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is AOTA approved for 1.0 CEUs


This program is offered for 1.0 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Approved for 1 CEU
(10 contact hours) by the
Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers.

State of Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor License No: 216.000127

Dynamic Learning Online is approved by New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions as a sponsor of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants

Dynamic Learning Online is a Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (TPTA) Accredited Provider. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

This course is also approved by the:

  • Center for Guardianship Certification for 10 CEUs for Guardians
  • Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers for 10 contact hours
  • Florida Board of Athletic Training for 10 Content Hours
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 10 Content Hours
  • Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for 10 Content Hours
  • Florida Statewide Public Guardianship Office
  • Kansas Occupational Therapy Association (KOTA) pre-approved
  • Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for .9 CEUs
  • Oklahoma Physical Therapy Advisory Committee for 10 contact hours
  • Texas Guardianship Certification Board

Author and Instructor*

Linda Riccio, OTR, a 28-year veteran of long-term care operations and clinical/programmatic development, has a BS in Occupational Therapy and has been a national educator in neurological disorders, orthopedics, and the management of special care populations. She has a diverse skill set in clinical development and implementation resulting in fiscally responsible and meaningful programs. 

Linda is currently a member of Creative Health Solutions, where she consults in healthcare strategy and teaches dementia management in post acute care settings nationwide.

* This course originally authored by Kim Warchol, OTR/L, was revised and updated by Linda Riccio, OTR.


Author Disclosure

Linda Riccio, OTR, Contracted Instructor/Writer, Dynamic Group (Dynamic Learning Online, Inc.)

Financial - Author for Current Trends and Treatment in Dementia Management, receives royalty payments.

Non-financial - No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Teaching MethodS

Teaching methods include: Course content delivered in a text format, pictures, activities, video clips of patients at various stages of dementia care, web links, class discussion board and email to instructor. Midterm and Final exams are of equal weight, and there is a required passing score of 80%. Learner must also participate a minimum of 80% of the CE awarded hours in the course material to be eligible to print the certificate of completion.

This course includes video clips to accompany the course materials. The ability to watch the videoclips is not required to complete the course.