Our country's older adult population (those 65 and older) continues to grow at unprecedented rates yet few nurses are prepared to safely and competently care for them with their challenging needs, especially those with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD). Research focused on teaching strategies that influenced students' preconceived attitudes and improved knowledge toward older adults with or without Alzheimer's disease (AD) is limited. This study examined whether a live-model simulation used as a teaching modality could improve student attitudes and knowledge of AD. Findings indicated that within the group of students who participated in the AD lecture and AD simulated experience, there was a significant change in knowledge from pretest to post-test. Finding also showed that there was no significant mean difference in AD attitude between the control and intervention groups from pretest to post-test, however within groups analysis showed the AD intervention group had a slightly more positive attitude than the control group.

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Spring 5-1-2015

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