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Cognitive Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Identification, Treatment, and the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists

# e63   Cognitive Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Identification, Treatment, and the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists

by Colleen Karow, PhD, CCC-SLP & Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

0.15 CEUs

$ 34.00

This course will assist the SLP in determining if a client is exhibiting typical cognitive aging or presenting with signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Described first will be the concept of "successful aging" and characteristics exhibited by these individuals. Next, the focus turns to MCI and will include discussion of incidence, prevalence, and progression of this disorder. Included will be an assessment protocol that can help discriminate typical cognitive aging from MCI. Suggested treatments for MCI and for keeping typical agers cognitively healthy also will be provided. The role of SLPs with individuals with typical aging and those with probable MCI will be discussed including preventative programs. Offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 contact hours.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: PowerPoint presentation with author narration and downloadable handout.  

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  1. List 4 features of cognitive behavioral changes that occur with normal aging.
  2. List 3 characteristics of individuals who can be called "successful agers."
  3. Define the condition called "Mild Cognitive Impairment."
  4. Describe components of an assessment protocol that can discriminate typical cognitive aging from MCI.
  5. Describe a community-based program that enhances cognitive health in individuals with typical cognitive aging and those with MCI.
  6. Describe the role of SLPs in preventative programs for cognitive aging.
A score of 80% or better must be received on the post-test in order to 
receive a certificate of completion.

Colleen Karow, PhD, CCC-SLPis an Associate Professor at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She teaches coursework in the neurological sciences including adult language and Cognitive disorders. She conducts research on clinical treatments for individuals with normal cognitive aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Acquired cognitive-communication disorders. She has published research and clinical articles in highly regarded journals such as  Aphasiology, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Seminars in Speech and Language, Schizophrenia Research , and Brain Injury. She is the co-author of the Problem Solving Therapy Program.  Dr. Karow is an expert clinician with over 25 years of experience treating people with acquired language and cognitive  communication disorders

 

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Colleen Karow is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Financial — Colleen Karow is employed by The College of Saint Rose; receives salary. 

Financial — Colleen Karow has intellectual property rights and ownership interest in Communication Disorders Resources. 

Nonfinancial — Colleen Karow receives Lumosity software for cognitive wellness research program from Lumos Labs.


Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is Brewer-Smith Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University. She was affiliated with the Harold Goodglass Aphasia Research Center and Boston University School of Medicine for 32 years. She also held the positions of research scientist at the National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders, University of Arizona, and research professor at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). She is board certified by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS). Her awards include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and ANCDS Honors. She is an ASHA fellow. Dr. Helm-Estabrooks has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, 7 books, 6 standardized tests, 26 chapters, and 8 aphasia therapy programs. She has presented more than 300 scholarly papers and poster presentations, short courses, mini-seminars, and workshops at professional and scholarly conferences throughout North America, Central and South America, and Europe.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Nancy Helm-Estabrooks is author of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial — Nancy Helm-Estabrooks has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


Intended Audience

  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.15 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1.5 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the 

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 01/31/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

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"I appreciated that the course introduced actual assessment suggestions and intervention strategies which SLPs can choose to use." – M.S. (Feb. 2017)

"The info was clearly communicated, the slides had just the right amount of info, specific examples were given, and the overall topic is important for anyone.  I especially enjoyed the information about specific assessments and treatment activities during the BrainAerobics program as well as the inclusion of counseling." – A.T. (Feb. 2017)

"I liked the info on how to differentiate MCI from normal aging and the specifics on what to look for and what we can do to help. The section on useful tests for MCI was the best part." – L.D. (Jan. 2017)

"The portion on the Brain Aerobics Program was most beneficial. I like that tools for therapy were provided as well." – V.T. (Dec. 2016)

"Going over how to differentiate between MCI and Dementia as well as the assessment portion were very helpful. I enjoyed the idea of a wellness program." – L.G. (Nov. 2016)

"Excellent course. Very clear with good handouts and specific information. Great presenters." – N.D. (Nov. 2016)

"I benefitted from the analysis of differences between normal aging and MCI and also the tx interventions/cognitive stimulation programs that may be beneficial." – S.L. (Oct. 2016)

"The discussion on evaluation to establish treatment parameters was most beneficial." – D.R. (Aug. 2016)

"I appreciated the information regarding typical aging." – K.D. (Aug. 2016)

"The discussion of characteristics of normal aging was really helpful. Well-organized course." – G.C.B. (July 2016)

"The neuro discussions and examples provided were most useful. I liked the brain aerobics ideas and examples of MCI with etiologies. However, I would have the speaker speak instead of reading the slide (boring to listen to - sorry but true)." – R.V. (July 2016)

"I enjoyed the discussions on medication and test selection. I liked the descriptions and handouts." – J.D. (June 2016)

"I was provided with a basic knowledge of MCI which I knew very little about prior to this course. I like that I can do it at my leisure." – M.C. (June 2016)

"The interventions for patients with MCI and strategies for further decline were most beneficial. However, most of the time, I felt like I was being read to. Personal examples from the instructors would have been nice." – Y.D. (May 2016)

"I enjoyed the treatment methods and their efficacy. I liked the ability to print the power point to keep for future reference." – A.N. (Apr. 2016)

"The memory strategies and different areas of cognition to assess and treat were most beneficial." – J.R. (Apr. 2016)

"I liked the differentiation of normal aging versus MCI." – M.S. (Apr. 2016)

"I like that it was evidence based!" – L.H. (Mar. 2016)

"This was a great course on dementia; specifically the area that discussed the cognitive wellness program." – S.H. (Mar. 2016)

"I appreciated the differentiation between typical aging vs MCI vs Dementia." – S.J. (Feb. 2016)

"It was easy to follow, concise and well presented." – L.M. (Feb. 2016)

"I enjoyed the final section about creating a community based cognitive wellness program." – E.S. (Feb. 2016)

"There were so many great discussions so it's difficult to name just one topic!" – O.C. (Feb. 2016)

"I liked the information presented and how easy the course was to use and follow." – A.H. (Jan. 2016)

 

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