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.
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.
PowerPoint presentation with author narration and downloadable handout.
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.
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.
Colleen Karow, PhD, CCC-SLP, is 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
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.
This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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Receiving CEUs: Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to online CEUs.
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Testing requirements: Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.
Certificate of completion: A certificate displaying participant name, date of course completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and the number of contact hours earned is presented to participants once a score of 80% or greater is earned on the post test. Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.
ASHA CE Registry: Northern Speech will provide CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry for you. At the time of course enrollment if you select that you are taking the course for ASHA Credit and if you provide your ASHA Member Number, Northern Speech will automatically submit your hours to the CE Registry after you successfully complete the post test. Please allow 45-60 days from the date of course completion for your hours to appear on your CE transcript. Note that ASHA will record your CEUs as earned on the last day of the month in which you completed your course. For example, if you completed your course on Nov 7, the CE Registry will reflect course completion as Nov 30.
Number of CEUs offered: We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.
State licensing boards and online CEUs: NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs 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 CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.
Course formats: Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page.
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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.
Group discounts: Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.
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Course Cancellation Policy: A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded.
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"The specific topic I enjoyed was the brain aerobics program, I thought this information was interesting."– H.P. (May. 2018)
"I liked the references for evaluation and the Brain Aerobics section." – N.E. (Jan. 2018)
"I appreciated the mental exercises that can be utilized to improve patients with MCI. I like that the information provided is beneficial to my daily practice and personal life." – L.W. (Dec. 2017)
"Focusing on the subtype of MCI demonstrated by my clients will help me provide more individualized education to the client and family/caregivers. I liked the specific information provided about the cognitive wellness program because that has been my long-term hope - to create a program like that!" – H.L. (Dec. 2017)
"The info was clearly presented and followed a logical sequence. Plus the course had practical suggestions for evaluation and treatment." – B.C. (Dec. 2017)
"The comparison between natural aging changes in cognition and mild cognitive impairment was most beneficial. I liked the details about changes that would be seen in brain scans of those with MCI. It was a very thorough and informative course." – K.P. (Nov. 2017)
"I like that this course was very practical with things I can begin using immediately." – M.N. (Oct. 2017)
"Contrasting MCI with normal aging and with dementia was most useful. I appreciated that I had the ability to complete the course on my own time schedule." – L.B. (Sept. 2017)
"The program for improvement was relevant and specific. I also thought the discernment between aging & MCI was very helpful/useful." – R.G. (June 2017)
"It was very interesting to learn about the Brain Aerobics Program! I can think of so many people in my professional and personal life who could benefit from such a program." – M.H. (May 2017)
"I most enjoyed the discussion of prevention of cognitive decline. Overall, I think the course was thorough, diverse, and interesting. I wish there was more discussion of specific treatment tasks to use vs. the specific program they designed." – S.D.A. (May 2017)
"There are many patients that are in the acute care setting or inpatient rehab setting that demonstrate short-term memory deficits in particular. It is helpful to know how to differentiate between normal aging vs. MCI." – K.H. (Apr. 2017)
"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)
"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)