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CARE: Introduction to Caregiving for Older Adults

Karolinska Institutet via edX

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If you are currently a caregiver or if you expect to become one, you'll want to learn more about supporting the care needs of older adults. This course was designed specifically for you!

This course is one of several that were developed to offer the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a role as a caretaker to an older adult. This is a four-part, self-paced interactive course that offers an introduction to caregiving and is designed to complement other courses we offer.


Section 1: Who are carers and what they do
  • Carer Terminology
  • Carer Role & Characteristics
  • Assessment
Section 2: Whom will you be caring for and the process of aging
  • Opening poll
  • Body systems
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Digestive system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary System
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Skin
  • Taste & Smell
  • Other Chronic Illnesses or Diseases & Comorbidity
  • Assessment
Section 3: Social and Emotional needs of an Older Person
  • Reflection
  • Experience of Loss
  • Social and Emotional Needs
  • Assessment
Section 4: How to keep an older person and yourself as the carer safe
  • Reflection
  • Changes to sensory, physical, and mental abilities and risk of self-injury
  • Unsafe environment
  • Risk to Self
  • Assessment

Taught by

Carl Sundberg, Anneliese Lilienthal, Laurie Owen and Elizabeth Muir


4.5 rating, based on 4 Class Central reviews

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  • I am new here... I don't know if am late because I'm finding it difficult to GO TO CLASS...I'd love to be a part of this great journey because I see all old people as family and I derive joy in seeing old and sick people get better .. I am kind and compassionate.. I would be glad if I am given the opportunity to be a carer.
  • I am new here and am excited to be among student benefited from this Online teaching, I like taking care of patients, I always happy when I see patients health improving and getting better day by day.
  • Falguni Vyas Majithia
    I love to join this course.i wish to help oldery people who need some physical therapy and mental, emotional support. After certain age people are alone. No support for their daily activities. Other families members are busy their chorus. Even no time to think about old people mental need. Alone and physical inactive Ness gave lot of stress to them. It leads to depression. If I get knowledge of care givers from your system educate myself, for whom can I help. Thanking you.

  • Anonymous
    I'm new here and excited to do the Carer course and apply it as I plan to complete the course and be helpful as a Carer to someone

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