AH-128: Dynamics of Dementia

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Dynamics of Dementia
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Provides insight regarding the progressive disease process of dementia. Focuses on identifying those affected, and recognizing the co-morbidities associated with dementia. Includes learning strategies to approach individuals exhibiting thought or behavioral disturbances related to dementia, and the coordinating of resources with assistance of healthcare providers.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Upon completion of this course; students will be able to define Dementia, identify stages of dementia, and suggest resources to those affected.

Core Course Topics
  1. Understanding Dementia
  2. Brain Disorders & Causes of Dementia
  3. Evaluation & Medical Assistance
  4. Characteristic Behavioral Symptoms
  5. Independent Living & Daily Care
  6. Medical Issues
  7. Behavior Management
  8. Changes in Moods
  9. Outside Help
  10. Family Issues
  11. Care for the Caregiver
  12. Financial & Legal Issues
  13. Care Options
  14. Cognitive Decline
  15. Research in Dementia
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Develop a definition of Dementia.
  2. Discuss the basic pathology of cerebral failure.
  3. Describe demographics of persons with Dementia.
  4. Explain causes of Dementia.
  5. Differentiate symptoms of Dementia.
  6. Detect what is not Dementia.
  7. Identify sensory; e.g. vision, hearing, changes affecting symptoms of Dementia.
  8. Discover co-morbidities associated with Dementia.
  9. Compare and contrast the stages of Dementia.
  10. Identify potential difficult behaviors associated with Dementia.
  11. Discuss the incorporation of drugs for Dementia care.
  12. Evaluate behavioral management approaches to Dementia care.
  13. Discuss mood changes seen with Dementia patients.
  14. Discuss communication with Dementia sufferers.
  15. Evaluate patient and family reaction or response to Dementia.
  16. Discuss the resources available for patient and caregiver.
  17. Discuss the expense to resource ratio.
  18. Identify the general legal issues seen with Dementia patients.
  19. Discuss the role of healthcare disciplines in Dementia care.
  20. Describe care options for patients with Dementia.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed using a combination of tests, quizzes, assignments and on-line participation.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

HFCC Policy on Academic Dishonesty will be strictly followed.


Textbook(s) determined through approval by the School of Health and Human Services.

Effective Term
Fall 2019