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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - GEY6643

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-06-21
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    1704 2007-01-24
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Aging Studies AS 0122900
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Sandra Reynolds x9750

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    GEY 6643 End of Life Care for Dementia Patients

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    EOL Care Dementia
    Course Online? Percentage Online



    Course Description

    This course addresses progressive degenerative dementias: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular and fronto-temporal dementia, and will address treatment, medical, ethical and legal questions. Not restricted to majors. Not repeatable.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This course is an important elective for our Graduate and PhD students who are interested in an in-depth examination of progressive degenerative dementias in the elderly. We have a distinguished lecturer who comes here every year to teach this class and

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This class will draw from our Graduate, Certificate, and PhD students. it would also be of interest to graduate students in Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, twice.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in Gerontology or related sciences.

    Research in dementia is preferable.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    * Increase students' knowledge of progressive degenerative dementias include Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, vascular dementia and fronto-temporal dementia.

    * Familiarize students with treatment available and their limitations.

    * Make students sensitive to the medical, ethical and legal questions involved in management of individuals suffering from these diseases.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Successful completion will enable the student to:

    1. Describe different forms of progressive degenerative dementias, their course and pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease

    2. Identify three main dimensions and domains of quality of life in individuals with advanced dementia

    3. Describe medical issues in dementia care, and advantages and disadvantages of different strategies for their management

    4. Discuss issues faced by families of individuals with dementia

    5. Understand ethical and religious issues in dementia care and participate in discussion of an advance proxy plan

    6. Describe behavioral symptoms of dementia and their three primary causes

    7. Develop meaningful activities for individuals with advanced dementia

    8. Describe and utilize research methodology in advanced dementia

    C. Major Topics

    *Overview of dementias, their pathogenesis and course, overview of palliative care

    *Quality of life in advanced dementia

    *Comorbidities and their management

    *Intercurrent infections and their management

    *Eating difficulties and their management

    *Caregiver issues in advanced dementia and end-of-life care

    *Ethical and legal issues in dementia care

    *Behavioral symptoms 1: Physical causes

    *Behavioral symptoms 2: Mood disorders

    *Behavioral symptoms 3: Hallucinations and delusions

    *Hospice involvement in dementia care

    *Research methods in advanced dementia

    D. Textbooks

    Hospice Care for Patients with Advanced Progressive Dementia, L. Volicer and A. Hurley eds., Springer Series on Ethics, Law, and Aging, Springer Publishing Company, 1998

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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