Alzheimer's & Dementia Online Academy Course

Can Psychological Trauma Increase the Risk of Dementia?

This clinical course explores how the impact of trauma on brain health, especially those who show signs of PTSD, can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s/dementia. 1.5 continuing education credits (general course) available.

About this Course

1.5 continuing education credits (clinical course) available    Research and social awareness have made great strides in identifying how psychological trauma and chronic stress can cause mental illness and impact brain health. This, in turn, can increase the risk of dementia. Research also suggests a bidirectional relationship between PTSD and dementia. Not only has PTSD been found to likely increase the risk of dementia, but also those who have dementia can experience a re-emergence of traumatic memories. As the brain deteriorates, the coping skills and the ability to suppress traumatic memories deteriorate as well.  This clinical course will first explore the impact of chronic stress and trauma on brain health which can result in an increased risk for developing dementia. Participants will then learn about the power of positive emotional memories which can be utilized to help maintain connection with someone who has dementia. Participants also learn about the distress individuals can feel while experiencing traumatic memories. To conclude, this course will provide an overview of trauma-informed care which can be utilized as a universal approach to help promote supportive environments of healing, trust, and safety for those living with dementia. From this course you will learn to:
  1. Develop a foundational understanding of emotional memories for those living with dementia.
  2. Explore the bidirectional relationship between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and dementia.
  3. Recognize the importance of utilizing trauma-informed care as a universal approach.
  4. Identify effective ways to support someone with dementia who may be experiencing traumatic memories.
1.5 CE credits available for social workers licensed in an ASWB accredited state, as well as New York State licensed social workers. (Please note: New Jersey is not currently covered under our ASWB accreditation, please check back soon). The Alzheimer's Foundation of America  #1898, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.  ACE provider approval period: 7/25/2023 – 7/25/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.5 general continuing education credits. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0222.  For all disability accommodation needs, please contact

(Cost: $20)

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