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

PACERS is for clinicians who care for Veterans with cognitive disorders. It aims to improve outcomes for Veterans and their caregivers, especially those living in rural communities. PACERS has 6 e-learning courses and 5 videos. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and counselors can get continuing education credit for the courses. PACERS was funded by the VA Office of Rural Health. It is supported by the VA Employee Education System (EES) and SC MIRECC.

Free CEU E-Learning


  • VA clinicians use TMS buttons
  • Non-VA clinicians use TRAIN buttons
  • First-time TRAIN users must create an account. Email for help.
PACERS Course 1: Dementia and Delirium (1 HOUR CEU)
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
  • Indicate differences between delirium and dementia
  • Published 2016
PACERS Course 2: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS identifying and assessing for dementia course Learn how to identify and assess dementia.
  • Identify dementia warning signs
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • List the steps of the comprehensive assessment
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • Distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar symptoms
  • Published 2017
PACERS Course 3: Treating Dementia - Case Studies (1 HOUR CEU)
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
  • Published 2017
PACERS Course 4: Normal Cognitive Aging and Dementia Caregiving (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS normal aging course Learn about the differences between normal and abnormal cognitive aging and the importance of being a caregiver and available resources.
  • Signs of elder abuse and neglect
  • unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) caregivers
  • Published 2017
PACERS Course 5: Addressing Decision Making and Safety in Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
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
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers
  • Published 2017
PACERS Course 6: Driving and Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia and driving course Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families. Published 2016. Updated 5/2019.


elderly man holding car keys

PACERS: Driving and Dementia-Hanging up the Keys

Health care provider dicussing an Alzheimer's disease diagnosis

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

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

PACERS: How to Have an End of Life Discussion

Health care provider discussing self-neglect with patient

PACERS: How to Identify Self-Neglect

Health care provider assisting a patient with eating a meal

Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors


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Last updated: January 7, 2021