Understanding Dementia February 2025

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Would you like to start Understanding Dementia before February 2025? You can start now by enrolling in the July intake of Understanding Dementia which is open for study now.


The Understanding Dementia MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre based in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of TasmaniaThis world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia.

You'll learn from the global leaders in the field of dementia research and education, and gain knowledge to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia.

Understanding Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds including:

  • People living with dementia, their families, friends and caregivers
  • Community and residential facility support staff
  • Health professionals
  • Health policy makers
  • Individuals with a general interest in dementia

Anyone can develop dementia, everyone can help.

Dementia has a profound impact on individuals, families and communities, and the number of people with dementia across the world increases every year as our global population ages.

Dementia is now one of the most significant health, social and economic issues of the 21st Century.

Understanding Dementia examines the diseases that cause dementia, how they impact the person with dementia and the treatments and care practices that enhance quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and caregivers. It provides avenues for engaging with participants from around the world about this major international health issue.

You should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing the course activities. You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace up until the course closes.

Once you have completed the course, you will be eligible to download a free, personalised certificate of completion. We also offer paid enhanced certificate options in addition to the free certificate.


Course Outline

The Brain

1. The Brain

Provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions.

The Diseases

2. The Diseases

Explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management.

The Person

3. The Person

Addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.




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