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Intro to Huntington's Disease

NPWT Introduction to Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) and Huntington's Disease- This module provides background on Huntington’s Disease including the basic symptomology of disease progression, its genetic nature and current treatment options for motor and psychiatric symptoms, and the role of OT practitioners. The mission and purpose of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America is also reviewed. -Huntington’s disease is discussed from the perspective of what a community based practitioner needs to know about the disease in order to consult with and offer therapy to persons with HD. Describe the genetic nature of Huntington’s disease. Discuss disease progression and symptomology. Distinguish HD from other motor or neurodegenerative diseases. Explain the pharmacological interventions available for some symptoms of HD. Describe the role of the occupational therapy practitioner with regard to improving quality of life for the person with HD.

1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

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Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's

NPWT Caring for Someone With Alzheimers - Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias present unique caregiving challenges. This web seminar offers approaches for how to care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Rather than focus on Alzheimer’s symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and possible cures, this session emphasizes the dignity of individuals with dementia, and highlights care strategies that can help them live a more fulfilling life. This unique approach to person-centered care helps caregivers to cope with the difficulties of caregiving, and teaches how to successfully manage behaviors and positively engage clients or loved ones.

1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 11/7/16 

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Seniors and Driving

NPWT Seniors and Driving- Families slowly transition their teenagers into driving, but most likely don’t think about transitioning their older loved ones out of driving. As a result, the decision to give up the car keys often is the result of a crisis—an accident or another unfortunate incident. This web seminar can help senior care professionals educate families about the importance of developing a plan to help an older adult move out of the driver’s seat while remaining engaged with their friends, family and community.

  1.0 Free Ceus for Occupational Therapists

  Expires 8/8/16

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Insights Into Preventing Bullying

NPWT2015 Conference Welcome & Keynote Address: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Insights Into Preventing Bullying- Rosalind Wiseman, whose book Queen Bees and Wannabes was the inspiration for the movie Mean Girls, is a well known expert on effective (and sometimes surprising) ways to prevent and stop bullying. She’ll talk about what’s really going on in social hierarchies, and share effective ways occupational therapy practitioners can help all kids (and even adults) not just survive, but thrive, as they navigate social group dynamics.

0.5 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists 

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Medication Management for Seniors

NPWTSeniors and Medication Management- Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, indicates that as the number of prescription medications a person ages 70 or older takes increases, so do challenges with medication management and potential health risks. Discover the ways medication can jeopardize an older adult’s health and independence. Learn about a solutions guide created by Home Instead that could help families and their older loved ones pinpoint potential threats and start the conversations that can potentially lead to effective solutions

1.0  Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

Expires 5/2/16

Wounded Warriors & the Art of Independence

NPWT 2014 Conference Welcome & Keynote Address: The Wounded Warrior and the Art of Independence- The use of occupation based practice has been the foundation for recovery in the lives of our wounded service members. This year’s keynote will tell the story of three wounded warriors and their unique individual experiences with occupational therapy. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills, Sergeant Monte Bernardo, and Corporal Tim Donley each lost multiple limbs and have overcome their injuries in diff erent ways. In a panel discussion, they will talk about their individual fears after they were injured and what their lives have been like since. They will also discuss the unique relationship with their OT and how, as a team, they were able to realize the potential for the rest of their lives.
0.5 Free CEUs for Occuaptional Therapists

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Wound Managment for OTs

NPWT Improved Outcomes in Wound Management- Wound Treatments
A review of basic principles of wound haling, wound assessment, multidisciplinary approaches, and more. Identify indications for treatment selection. List precautions and contraindications for treatments.

1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

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The Emotional Aspects of Caregiving and How to Deal With Them

caregiving Understanding the Emotional Aspects of Caregiving- Caregiving can be an emotionally intense experience. Many caregivers can experience negative feelings, which they may bury or deny; doing this can lead to unhealthy emotional and physical, states. If you are a caregiver, or work with someone who is, this web seminar will help identify the difficult feelings and emotions that can arise from caregiving, and offer solutions to deal with them.

  1.0 Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

  Free until 1/11/16

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Dizziness In Elders

Dizziness in Elders- Defined and Differentiated- At one time or other, most people have experienced dizziness, one of the vaguest complaints health professionals face in practice, because what each person calls dizziness differs greatly. Some describe it as poor balance, lightheadedness, wooziness or spinning, while others may say they feel as if they are about to faint. Trying to put into words what they are feeling can be difficult. All of this leads to the word “dizziness” being nearly useless as a one-word description. To properly care for patients with dizziness, care providers need to be able to differentiate the types of symptoms — vertigo, disequilibrium (unsteadiness, imbalance), near syncope (lightheadedness), central dizziness and nonspecific dizziness — especially reported dizziness in older adults. Differentiate among the types of dizziness. Describe age-related and pathologic causes of dizziness in older adults. Outline the essential elements in the assessment of patients with dizziness and in the implementation of interventions, including rationales.

1.0 Free AOTA Contact Hours for Occupational Therapists

Expires 11/21/15

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This course is FREE of charge courtesy of OnCourse Learning and Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Home Safety for Seniors

Home Safety for Seniors- If you’re worried about the safety of your older adult clients at home, it could be for good reason. Falls are among the leading causes of injury and death at home. Simple home modifications can reduce accidents for older adults living at home. Molly Carpenter will outline the many ways eldercare professionals can help educate families about safeguarding older adults living at home. Also detailed will be a home safety checklist and affordable home fixes. 
1.0 Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists 
Free until 10/12/15
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Hospice & Palliative Care

hospiceSupporting Families through Hospice and Palliative Care No family looks forward to facing the end of life with a loved one. Challenges for family caregivers run the gamut from physical and emotional strain to psychological stress. This web seminar will provide eldercare professionals resources and strategies to share with families to educate them about hospice and palliative care, and help them better cope with the physical, emotional and psychological stress of dealing with end-of-life issues.

1.0  Free AOTA CEUs for Occupational Therapists

  Expires 9/8/15

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Recovering From Long Lie Times After A Fall

senior_fallsComplications Resulting from Long Lie Times After a Fall - Falls in older adults have become an epidemic problem that jeopardizes seniors’ chances to live independently. Every year in the U.S., one out of three people age 65 and over will fall. Close to 50 percent of older adults can’t get up from a fall without help. Lying on the floor for an extended period of time can lead to serious complications including pressure ulcers, rhabdomyolysis, pneumonia, hypothermia, dehydration, and even death. The first line of defense in falls safety is to prevent falls, but the reality is not all falls can be prevented. The second line of defense is to prevent long lie times after the fall which can lead to these serious health complications which negatively impact the quality of life for seniors and are costly to the healthcare system. This presentation describes the complications that can result from long lie times after a fall. A healthcare professional will be able to use the information in their conversation with older adults to help them understand the importance of having a plan to get up safely after a fall and to have a way to call for quick assistance. 1.Discuss the statistics on the incidence and prevalence of falls and their impact on seniors. 2. Review the physiologic changes of aging that predispose an older adult to falls. 3. Identify screening tools for falls history and risk identification. 4. Discuss the serious health consequences than can result from long lie times after a fall. 5. Explain the benefits of preventing long lie times for older adults and their caregivers. 6. Discuss the role of health care professionals and organizations in falls prevention and preventing long lie times.

1.5  Free CEUs for Occupational Therapists

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