Understanding Dementia (2018) MOOC

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free 9-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

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

  • Health professionals
  • Community and residential facility support staff
  • Health policymakers
  • Social scientists
  • People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
  • Individuals with a general interest in dementia

Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health Issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.

The course runs for 9 weeks in total. To obtain the most from this experience, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. After completing the final quizzes for all three units of the course: 'The Brain', 'The Diseases' and 'The Person', participants will be eligible to download a free certificate of completion, as well as a record of the notes that they have taken throughout the course.

Course Outline

A background on basic brain anatomy and function

The Brain

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.

  • Nervous system anatomy
  • Anatomy with Body Central
  • Pathology of dementia
  • Future directions of dementia research
Explores the differences between dementia and normal ageing

The Diseases

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

  • Difference between normal ageing and dementia
  • Risk factors for dementia
  • Domains of dementia
  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Stages of dementia and focusing support
  • Medical management
The course addresses the difficulties in recognising symptoms, progression and staging of the disease and also what it is like to live with dementia

The Person

The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and alternative therapies.

  • Insidious onset of dementia
  • Living with dementia
  • Dementia palliation
  • Alternative therapies
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Pain and dementia
  • Advanced dementia symptoms and management
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Dementia inclusive design

Course Dates

Course dates for the next offering are yet to be announced. If you express your interest in the next offering of this course, we will keep you apprised of relevant information as it becomes available. You will need to log in before you can express your interest.

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