Over 4 million Americans suffer from dementia, which causes a deficiency in thinking, memory, and judgment; the majority of these people have Alzheimer’s disease. These patients have specific symptoms that require special care and treatment. Because these diseases usually end in the patient’s death, they will need to be taken care of for the rest of their lives. Direct Support Professionals play an important part in this care, helping patient’s keep their dignity and self-esteem as long as possible. This course will teach current and future Direct Support Professionals about the effects that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have on their patients, clients, and residents.