Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free 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:
- Community and residential facility support staff
- People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
- Social scientists
- Health policymakers
- 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.
To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. There are 7 weeks of scheduled content. After completing the final quizzes for all three modules of the course: ‘The Brain’, ‘The Diseases’ and ‘The Person’, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.
A background on basic brain anatomy and function
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 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 addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.
Insidious onset of dementia
- Living with dementia
- Dementia palliation
- Non-pharmacological therapies
- Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
- Pain and dementia
- Advanced dementia symptoms and management
- Dementia friendly communities
- Dementia inclusive design
Enrolment opens: 4 November 2018
Enrolment closes: 8 March 8 2019 6:00am
Course opens: 18 February 2019 10:00pm
Course closes: 3 May 2019 8:00 AM
This session will raise awareness around Dementia and help participants to understand more about the condition and explores how they can become involved in the Dementia Friends campaign.
Tuesday 12 July – 10am to 12pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY
Drawing on the experiences of living with someone with dementia, Grandma Remember Me is a moving story told through a mix of puppetry, drama and storytelling that explores the importance of memories and relationships within our lives and how to keep and treasure them.
Friday 23 October 2015 – From 7.30pm
At St Johns Community Hall, Gooder Lane, Rastrick, HD6 1HF
Tickets cost £5. For further information please call 01484 719631 or email email@example.com
Go along and join in with stimulating and uplifting singing sessions beginning with some social time over a cup of tea or coffee followed by some gentle physical and vocal warm up actions before singing.
Starts Thursday 17 September – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
At Hamerton Close, Westgate, Elland, HX5 0BD
The group will continue to meet every two weeks on the first and third Thursday of each month and sessions up until Christmas are as follows:
- Thursday 1 October – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
- Thursday 15 October – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
- Thursday 5 November – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
- Thursday 19 November – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
- Thursday 3 December – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
- Thursday 17 December – 1.45pm to 3.30pm
The group welcome people with dementia and their carers and don’t mind if you have no experience of singing with others, as it’s about finding your voice and just enjoying the moment.
Just go along, or if you would like to know more please call Christine on 01422 328643 or Pauline on 07811 438228