Preventing Dementia May 2023

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Preventing Dementia
October 2023

Opens: 10th Oct 2023, 9:00am (AEDT)
Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Online Course
Cost: FREE

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Opens: 6th Nov 2023, 9:00am (AEDT)
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Course Description

Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments.

With the ageing of the world’s population, dementia is a major public health issue. Is it possible to modify your risk of dementia? A substantial proportion of risk is associated with advanced ageing as well as genetic risk factors, but the latest research has indicated there are factors you can modify which may decrease your susceptibility to dementia. The Preventing Dementia MOOC investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of expertise from around the globe.

Preventing Dementia is suited to everyone - whether you are an individual with an interest in brain health and/or dementia risk reduction, or an allied health professional, clinician, aged care service provider or health policy professional - this course is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds.

To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. The 4 weeks of scheduled content is released weekly and is accessible across 6 weeks in total, with the additional 2 weeks providing time to catch up on (or review), content. After successfully completing the final quiz, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.

The release of course content will occur at 9:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on the following dates: 

  • Introduction - 16th May, 2023
  • Module 1 - 18th May, 2023
  • Module 2 - 25th May, 2023
  • Module 3 - 1st June, 2023
  • Module 4 - 8th June, 2023
  • Completion - 15th June, 2023

You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace within this release schedule. This includes revisiting earlier released content or catching up as needed. The course was scheduled to close on 30th June.  This has now been extended until 3rd July, 2023 at 5:00pm AEST.

Course Outline

Module 1 – Can Dementia Be Prevented?

  • Key concepts in dementia prevention
  • Definition of dementia and introduction to the diseases that cause dementia
  • The impact of dementia across the globe
  • The major non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for dementia
  • The impact of genetics on dementia risk
  • How dementia risk is measured at individual and population levels

Module 2 – Dementia Risk - It's Not All in Your Head

  • Evidence supporting links between key vascular risk factors and dementia
  • The impact of physical activity and diet on dementia risk
  • The impact of smoking and alcohol on dementia risk

Module 3 – A Healthy and Active Mind

  • Evidence supporting links between key lifestyle factors and risk of dementia
  • Impact of depression on dementia risk
  • Impact of education on dementia risk
  • Concept of cognitive reserve

Module 4 – Interventions for Prevention

  • Key strategies for prevention at the individual and population level
  • Encouraging healthy behaviours
  • What you can do to reduce your risk of dementia
  • Current research initiatives in dementia prevention

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