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PACERS | South Central MIRECC

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About the Program for Advancing Cognitive disorders Education for Rural Staff (PACERS)

PACERS is an education program for health care staff in rural communities who care for Veterans with cognitive disorders and their caregivers. While this program targets rural health care staff, providers working in any setting can benefit from this information.

The PACERS online training curriculum includes six e-learning courses; each course is accredited for 1 hour of continuing education. There are also 5 videos that cover important topics related to cognitive impairment, including driving, self-neglect, challenging behaviors, Alzheimer's disease, and end-of-life.

PACERS was made possible with funding from the VA Office of Rural Health and with support from the VA Employee Education System (EES) and SC MIRECC.

The health care information discussed in this course is for educational purposes only. It is not medical treatment or advice and does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment.

Free E-Learning Courses with CEU

Credit/Hours: 1 credit/hour per course
VA Providers: Take courses using TMS links
Non- VA Providers: Take courses using TRAIN links. First-time TRAIN users must create an account to access the courses. Email for help.
PACERS Course 1: Dementia and Delirium
Screenshot from the PACERS dementia and delirium course
Learn how to define delirium and dementia according to DSM-5 criteria, identify the signs symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of delirium and dementia/dementia subtypes, and indicate differences between delirium and dementia.
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PACERS Course 2: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia
Screenshot from the identifying and assessing for dementia course
Learn how to identify dementia warning signs, describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis, list the steps of the comprehensive assessment, identify commonly used brief cognitive tools, and distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar sypmtoms.
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PACERS Course 3: Treating Dementia - Case Studies
PACERS dementia case studies course
Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment. Health care professionals can fine tune their diagnostic skills by completing a thorough evaluation that entails a detailed history, physical exam, lab work and imaging must be done to make a diagnosis. This course builds on knowledge learned from previous PACERS e-learning modules to diagnose and manage dementia.
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PACERS Course 4: Normal Cognitive Aging and Dementia Caregiving
PACERS normal aging course
Learn about the differences between normal and abnormal cognitive aging, the importance of being a caregiver and available resources, signs of elder abuse and neglect, and the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT caregivers).
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PACERS Course 5: Addressing Decision Making and Safety in Dementia
PACERS dementia decision making course
Learn topics related to decision-making, advanced-care planning and safety for Veterans with dementia. Specific topics include competency, capacity and consent; advanced care planning; driving and dementia; elder abuse; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers. This module will challenge clinicians to apply knowledge learned from previous modules to diagnose and manage dementia.
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PACERS Course 6: Dementia and Driving
Screenshot from the dementia and driving course
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families.
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elderly man holding car keys

PACERS: Driving and Dementia: Hanging up the Keys - View Video

Health care provider dicussing an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis

PACERS: How to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease - View Video

Health care provider discussion end-of-life care with a patient's loved ones

PACERS: How to Have an End of Life Discussion - View Video

Health care provider discussing self-neglect with patient

PACERS: How to Identify Self-Neglect - View Video

Health care provider assiting a patient with eating a meal

Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors - View Video


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Last updated: November 5, 2018

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