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Johns Hopkins University

Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies

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Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of and affected individuals, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will benefit from completing the course. Led by Drs. Nancy Hodgson and Laura Gitlin, participants will acquire foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders.


  • About Dementia
    • In this module, we introduce learners to dementia. We present a socio-ecological framework for understanding the live experience of dementia and by which this course is organized. We discuss the global impact, pathophysiology, and stages of dementia.
  • Impact on the Person
    • In this module, we focus on the impact of dementia for individuals. You will learn about common unmet needs of persons with dementia as well as the impact of core clinical features such as behavioral and psychological symptoms. Also, you will learn ways to support quality of life of a person with dementia.
  • Caregiving and the Home Environment
    • In this module, we expand our lens to consider family caregivers’ needs. You will learn the psychosocial impact of caring for a person with dementia and the role of stress. We provide examples of how to reduce stress, use the physical environment to support care tasks and well-being, and examine the potential role of technologies to improve dementia care.
  • Module 4: Community Level
    • ln this module, we examine the community level. We discuss how the interprofessional team plays a key role in providing comprehensive dementia care. Also, we examine the concept of dementia-friendly communities and provide some examples from around the world.
  • Module 5: Society at Large
    • In this module, we provide an overview of national plans and policies. We identify elements of key plans and review the impact of such plans from a global perspective. You will also have the opportunity to develop an action plan that addresses an unmet need that you identify either in your home, community, or place of work.

Taught by

Nancy Hodgson


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  • Anonymous
    I came to this class to learn about new research on drug development or maybe new discoveries in neuroscience, this is the brain disease after all, and only the last 19 minutes video was about new development and the search for cure.

    Taking care of people with Alzheimer's disease is a 24/7 duty, at some point they forget how to talk, walk, swallow, but we have no choice but keep loving them and assisting them as long as they breathe because they are our parents.
  • This is a course I have taken twice and will take again in a few years. As you learn more and hear more conversations about mental illness you will discover that everyone has some connection to someone living with Dementia. The course is extremely well done. The information is updated and one quickly realizes how much progression there has been in the last ten years or more. Hopefully the progression in information will outpace the progression of the disease. I recommend this to everyone.
  • Mark
    This is the most relevant, cutting edge course on dementia care. If you have a family member that you are caring for, urge the rest of your family members to take it with you. We are taking care of our 91 year old mother with Alzheimer's and this has given us the blueprint of keeping her safe, comfortable and happy. It also helps us to understand the stages thst she is going through, and prepare for them.
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    Dawn Gibson
    The class was too easy. I am not a trained caregiver, and yet most of what was covered in class was already known to me or simply common sense.
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