Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures


Course Description: This course is a resource for U.S. data related to Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, as well as other dementias. This course reviews descriptions of the various causes of dementia and a summary of current knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease. Additional sections address prevalence, mortality and morbidity, caregiving, and use and costs of health care, long-term care and hospice. Finally, the personal financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families is discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the characteristics associated with Alzheimer’s disease, including symptoms, diagnosis, brain changes, causes, risk factors, and treatment
  • Describe the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including incidence, lifetime risk, trends, and future patterns
  • Describe the mortality and morbidity associated with Alzheimer’s disease, including deaths, public health impact, duration of illness, and burden of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Describe the characteristics of people who provide care for people with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Describe the use and costs of health care, long-term care and hospice associated with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Describe the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease on families

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 4 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Joseph Gaugler, PhD, Bryan James, PhD, Tricia Johnson, PhD, Ken Scholz, PhD, and Jennifer Weuve, MPH, ScD

Content Publisher(s): Alzheimer’s Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Gaugler is a long-term care professor in the School of Nursing, researches the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss. Dr. Gaugler serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Applied Gerontology and serves on the editorial boards of The Gerontologist, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Psychology and Aging.

Dr. James is an epidemiologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (RADC) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Community Epidemiologic Research, at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. James received his doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2009.

Dr. Johnson is associate professor and health economist in the Department of Health Systems Management and the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing at Rush University.

Dr. Weuve is assistant professor at Rush Institute for Healthy Aging and visiting scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health. 

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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