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Cognitive & Memory Decline Assessment & Intervention: Effective Techniques for Alzheimer’s, TBI, Concussion and Stroke

Maxwell Perkins, MS, OT/L
6 Hours 35 Minutes
Jun 05, 2019
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Often overlooked, many co-morbidities and reversible factors can complicate accurate identification of the root cause of your client’s cognitive/memory decline – leading you down a frustrating treatment path that fails to get results.

This dynamic and interactive training recording will leave you confident in your ability to intervene with cognitive/memory decline related to early stage Alzheimer’s, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA’s) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

You will learn the latest evidence-based assessment and treatment interventions for cognitive/memory impairment as well as master the insight necessary to select the most appropriate interventions and safe discharge environments. We will also discuss the impact of ethnicity, education level, obesity, diabetes and other contributing factors that must be considered in the intervention of cognitive/memory decline.

Watch and you will learn:

  • Cognitive, stimulation activities, exercise programs and non-medication therapy for depression, sleep issues and mental inactivity
  • Computer-based cognitive training, compensatory strategies, spaced retrieval and effective and safe environmental interventions
  • Assessments for executive function, fall risk, driving ability and overall safety
  • Evidence-based interventions to make new neural connections
  • How to prioritize treatment sessions to focus on your client’s functional deficits
  • Effective communication strategies for dealing with clients, families, peers and MD’s

The negative implications of misaligned client assessment and treatment interventions are far too important for you to be uncertain and unprepared.


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Maxwell Perkins, MS, OT/L, is an occupational therapist with extensive experience with interdisciplinary clinical management focusing on the geriatric population. His clinical focus is on effective assessment and intervention for older adults experiencing memory/cognition issues in a variety of clinical settings including, acute inpatient/outpatient and skilled nursing facilities. Maxwell is an independent consultant/educator and previously served as the rehab education director for two large health care organizations. He presents continuing education workshops nationally and locally and is an adjunct professor in the Pacific University Occupational Therapy program in Forrest Grove, Oregon. He also is a member of the State of Oregon Occupational Therapy Licensure Board.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Maxwell Perkins has an employment relationship with Pacific University. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and a consultant fee from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Maxwell Perkins has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Assess the limitations and strengths of the most commonly used cognitive assessments to inform client’s level of functioning.
  2. Utilize an assessment tool that quickly determines a client’s ability to retain new information.
  3. Implement effective treatment interventions, including Computer-Based Cognitive Training, in the management of memory/cognition decline.
  4. Characterize at least six conditions/co-morbidities that impact cognitive/memory function and design intervention strategies that with remediation, may lead to an improvement in cognition/memory ability.
  5. Categorize normal vs. abnormal cognitive/memory deficits and implement appropriate interventions
  6. Implement effective functional intervention strategies that will have an impact on a client’s functional cognitive/memory status as well as ADL/IADL independence


Cognition and Memory: Clinical Examples
  • Normal vs. abnormal memory/cognitive decline
  • Mild Cognitive impairments (MCI) vs. Mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Relationship to Executive Functions (EF)
  • Frontal lobe and attention: The impact of TBI, CVA, MCI
  • Delirium: The importance of identification and treatment

Cognitive & Memory Intervention For Alzheimer’s * TBI * Concussion * Stroke

Co-Morbidities/Reversible Factors Affecting Cognitive/Memory Function and How to Intervene

  • Depression: Assessments, non-medication therapy, referral needs
  • Sleep issues: Sleep hygiene program, environmental strategies
  • Mental/physical inactivity: Cognitive stimulation activities, exercise programs/guidelines
  • Vision and hearing loss: Age related impact, sharpen your observational skills
  • The Hippocampus: Latest research and how to influence age related changes
  • Marijuana: Use of and impact on cognition/memory
Cognitive Assessments: Hands-on Activities
  • Quickly identify mild cognitive/memory changes/deficits
  • Choose the best assessments to use for specific issues/areas
  • Limitations and strengths of assessments used for cognitive functioning
Interventions for Managing Cognitive/Memory Decline
  • Computer-based Cognitive Training: What does the evidence say?
  • Spaced Retrieval: Incorporate into treatment, baseline for client education
  • Compensatory strategies: Lists, calendars, skill set money management
  • Physical exercise: Best type, program implementation strategies
  • Communication: Effective stage appropriate strategies, environmental factors
Interventions for Independence, Mobility, Safety and other ADLS/IADLs
  • Falls: Computer-based training, decrease risk, dual tasking
  • Driving: Clinical assessment tools, strategies for cessation of driving, state requirements
  • Medication administration: Strategies for adherence, caregiver training
  • Home management: Adaptive equipment, strategies for home safety, appropriate discharge environment to assure safety and highest functional level
  • Communication: Strategies for working with physicians and caregivers

Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Nursing Home Administrators
  • Assisted Living Administrators
  • Long Term/Acute Care Professionals
  • Case Managers
  • Activity Directors
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Psychologists

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