PACERS | South Central MIRECC
About the Program for Advancing Cognitive disorders Education for Rural Staff (PACERS)
PACERS assists providers who are caring for patients with cognitive disorders in rural communities and also improve outcomes for Veterans and their caregivers. The PACERS online training curriculum includes 6 e-learning courses that are accredited for continuing education credit, videos and other resources. 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 replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment.
Each course accredited for 1 hour of continuing education (up to 6 hours total) through VA TMS (VA providers) or VHA TRAIN (non-VA providers). CEU is available for ACCME, ACCME-NP, APA, ANCC, NBCC, ASWB, and NYSED SW. VHA TRAIN is supported by VHA EES to educate public health care providers about Veteran care. First-time TRAIN users must create an account to access the courses. Email VHATRAIN@va.gov for help.
PACERS Course 1: Dementia and Driving
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families.
PACERS Course 2: Dementia and Delirium
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.
PACERS Course 3: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia
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.
PACERS Course 4: Treating Dementia - Case Studies
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.
PACERS Course 5: Normal Cognitive Aging and Dementia Caregiving NEW!!
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).
PACERS Course 6: Addressing Decision Making and Safety in Dementia NEW!!
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.
PACERS: Driving and Dementia: Hanging up the Keys - View Video
PACERS: How to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease - View Video
PACERS: How to Have an End of Life Discussion - View Video
PACERS: How to Identify Self-Neglect - View Video
Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors - View Video
Experience on the Frontier of Rural Provider Education: PACERS - Download Slides
Email VISN16SCMIRECCEducation@va.gov for more information.
Last updated: February 2, 2018
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