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University College London

The Many Faces of Dementia

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Explore key issues in dementia care and research, through four less common forms

Dementia is one of the foremost priorities in global health and is estimated to affect over 44 million people worldwide. This has a huge impact on individuals and on society, so improvements in understanding, care and treatments are desperately needed. In this online course, you’ll discover key issues in dementia care and research. You’ll explore four less common forms of dementia, through the eyes of people affected by them. World-leading experts at UCL will show how research into the signs, stages, symptoms and causes of these forms can bring us closer to defeating dementia.

The only requirement is an interest in dementia, its effects on people and the brain.
We hope that this course will be of particular interest to:

  • Anyone who works with people diagnosed with dementia
  • People who have a friend or family member who has dementia
  • People in the early stages of the disease
  • Students with an interest in learning more about dementia


  • What if dementia runs in the family?
    • Introduction
    • What is familial Alzheimer's disease?
    • The hunt for the gene
    • Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
    • Challenges of living with Alzheimer's disease
    • A new approach to halt Alzheimer's disease in its tracks: the DIAN TU trial
    • Challenges of living with familial Alzheimer's disease
    • Conclusion
  • What if dementia changes behaviour and personality?
    • Introduction
    • The symptoms of bvFTD
    • Diagnosis, prognosis and treatment
    • Using virtual reality to make better tests
    • The challenges of living with bvFTD
    • The many forms of frontotemporal dementia
    • Rare Dementia Support
    • Conclusion
  • What if dementia makes you see things that aren't there?
    • What is DLB?
    • Diagnosing DLB
    • Understanding symptoms of DLB
    • Challenges of living with DLB
    • Mental health and dementia
    • Conclusion
  • What if dementia affects your vision - not your memory
    • Introduction
    • PCA symptoms and diagnosis
    • What is it like to live with PCA?
    • Researching vision and dementia
    • What next after diagnosis?
    • Conclusions

Taught by

Tim Shakespeare


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  • Most people have some knowledge of dementia, either in their own family or among friends and acquaintances. We have an impression that it involves losing your memory and your understanding of the world around you. What you may not know it that it c…
  • An interesting course presenting some uncommon types of dementia, their symptoms, and the difficulties some people had just to receive a diagnosis. If you are a medical professional, this course will help you consider these rare conditions. The case studies were excellent.
    Several British-based and online resources are mentioned, including support groups and literature for family members.
  • Anonymous
    I found it very interesting and very well explained . The information and cases gives us a very clear vision of the importance of being aware of the early signs and development of this sad illness. When Medicine has made possible that life expectancy in average of twenty more years, we have to know how to handle it in ourselves and in others.

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