Alzheimer's Disease Management and Caregiver Care

Pharmacy Tech CEU
Contact Hours: 1.5 (0.15 CEUs)

Course Summary

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that involves cognitive decline, memory loss, and personality changes that lead to a patient’s inability to perform simple daily tasks. There are pharmacological treatments that can manage the symptoms of AD, but the patient will invariably need attention and care from a daily caregiver. This course will generally describe pharmacotherapy, patient and caregiver characteristics, counseling and support opportunities, and the need to provide respite care to the caregiver. Treatment plans for patients with AD involve a patient-pharmacy team interaction. Pharmacy staff can connect with other healthcare team members and provide resources and assistance to caregivers as they help manage a patient’s condition and medications.

Course Objectives

Recognize early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Describe the difference between Alzheimer’s and age-related changes

List Alzheimer’s risk factors

Summarize medications used for Alzheimer’s symptom management and disease treatment

Identify resources and education to provide caregivers during counseling

I. Introduction

II. History and Overview of Alzheimer's Disease

III. Pathophysiology of Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia or Alzheiner’s Disease

IV. Warning Signs and Risk Factors of Alzheimer's Disease

Modifiable Risk Factors of Alzheimer's Disease

V. Early Detection of Alzheimer's Disease

VI. Counseling Caregivers of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease

VII. Caregiver Support With Respite Care

A. Developing a Care Plan
B. Resources for Caregivers

VIII. Managing Medications

A. Mild to Moderate Disease
B. Moderate to Severe Disease
C. Managing Behavioral Symptoms

IX. Future Studies

X. Summary

How to Earn Credit:
To earn credit for this course, participants must:
  1. Read the course objectives and faculty planner disclosure
  2. Read the course material
  3. Complete the post-test with a minimum score of 70% and complete the course evaluation form.
  4. Results are automatically submitted to CPE Monitor

Faculty Planner Disclosure

The following individuals were involved in developing this activity: Ashley Walsh, PharmD, and Pamela Sardo, PharmD, BS. Pamela Sardo was an employee of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals until March 2022 and has no conflicts of interest or relationships regarding the subject matter discussed. There are no financial relationships relevant to this activity to report or disclose by any of the individuals involved in the development of this activity.

Unlabeled Use Disclosures

The information provided in this course is general in nature and it is solely designed to provide participants with continuing education credit(s). This course and materials are not meant to substitute for the independent, professional judgment of any participant regarding that participant’s professional practice, including but not limited to patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Medical and pharmacy practices, rules, and laws vary from state to state, and this course does not cover the laws of each state; therefore, participants must consult the laws of their state as they relate to their professional practice. Healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, must consult with their employer, healthcare facility, hospital, or other organization, for guidelines, protocols, and procedures they are to follow. The information provided in this course does not replace those guidelines, protocols, and procedures but is for academic purposes only, and this course’s limited purpose is for the completion of continuing education credits. Participants are advised and acknowledge that information related to medications, their administration, dosing, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, warnings, precautions, or accepted uses are constantly changing, and any person taking this course understands that such person must make an independent review of medication information prior to any patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or health management. Any discussion of off-label use of any medication, device, or procedure is informational only and such uses are not endorsed hereby. Nothing contained in this course represents the opinions, views, judgments, or conclusions of LLC. LLC is not liable or responsible to any person for any inaccuracy, error, or omission with respect to this course, or course material.

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

Please ensure the device you plan to use meets these requirements and specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 7,8,10, or 11 /Mac OS X 10.9 or later/iOS/Android
  • Supported Browsers: Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera
  • A connection to the internet
  • For Live Webinars or Conferences: GoToWebinar application for iOS, Android, Mac, or PC. You cannot 'call into' a live conference.

  • Target Audience: Pharmacy Tech
  • Contact Hours: 1.5 (0.15 CEUs)
  • Activity Release Date: 2/8/2024
  • Activity Expiration Date: 2/8/2027
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • UAN: 0669-0000-24-014-H01-T
  • Topic: Disease State Management/Drug Therapy
  • CeBroker Number: 20-953443


Ashley Walsh, PharmD



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