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Calming the Cognitively Impaired - PT248

Calming the Cognitively Impaired

by Arlene Orhon Jech, BSN, RN
(4.4 / 933 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


About 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and half of all patients residing in nursing homes suffer from some type of cognitive impairment. By 2050, up to 16 million people age 65 and older will have the disease unless an effective preventive therapy or cure is found. Music, touch, exercise and animal presence can calm cognitively impaired patients, reduce their need for chemical and physical restraints, heighten their awareness, and put the “sparkle” back in their eyes.


The goal of this continuing education module is to update nurses’, dietitians’, dietary managers’ and occupational therapists’ knowledge about the use of music, touch and exercise to calm cognitively impaired patients and enhance their quality of life. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain two physiological effects music has on the body
  • Identify three ways music, touch, exercise and animal presence benefit patients with dementia
  • State two ways touch can be used to calm patients

Approval Information is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #GED012010TPTA2012004 for 1/1/2010 to 1/31/2013 and #1601004 for 02/01/13 to 01/31/16 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California. is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2016.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S0102 for 12/06/11 to 12/06/12, 12S2094 for 12/07/12 to 12/07/13; 13S1856 for 12/08/13 to 12/08/14; 14S1701 for 12/09/14 to 12/09/15).
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP110017867 for 01/01/11 to 12/31/11, CP120018039 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019760 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140021518 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024037 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4109 for 12/06/11 to 12/05/12, 4806 for 12/06/12 to 12/05/13; 5254 for 12/06/13 to 12/05/14; 5818 for 12/06/14 to 12/05/15).
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE002769 for 01/14/12 to 12/31/12; PTCE004228 for 01/26/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006359 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16).
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 178-2012 for 02/01/12 to 01/31/14; 212-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/06/11 to 12/06/15.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 12/09/11 to 07/31/13; 07/31/13 to 07/31/15; 07/31/15 to 07/31/17.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4107 for 01/01/12 to 01/01/13, 437-4602 for 01/01/13 to 01/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/23/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/23/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/23/2016


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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monica s - monaca, PA  ·  Nov 22, 2015
I found this course very informative for treatment of older adults
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gil g - austin, TX  ·  Nov 21, 2015
Wonderful ideas on how to decrease stress/agitation in the assisted living setting.
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DEBORAH H - Olive Branch, MS  ·  Nov 17, 2015
This course gives a good explanation of the importance to personalize care plans for pts that are cognitively impaired to decrease agitation and increase participation and outcomes.
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Gregory L - Temple, PA  ·  Nov 10, 2015
It was a good refresher course on AD.
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Jerry Y - Plano, TX  ·  Nov 07, 2015
great lesson, but as a P.T. did not care for the question telling nurses to get Physical Therapy for the patient who is pacing but not steady. Nurses are not allowed to write orders for therapy. Nurses also can do much more on their own than they typically are willing to do. Shifting this to P.T. or techs is not the solution.
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Price: $19.00
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