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University of Tasmania

Preventing Dementia

University of Tasmania via Independent

Overview

Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free 4-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments.

With the ageing of the world’s population, dementia is looming as the public health issue of the 21st Century. Is it possible to modify your risk of dementia? A substantial proportion of risk is associated with advanced ageing as well as genetic risk factors, but the latest research has indicated there are modifiable risk factors which may decrease your susceptibility to dementia. The Preventing Dementia MOOC investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of global experts.

You will have the opportunity to engage in online discussions, and can also participate in new research in this field, to help us determine the most effective ways to help people reduce their dementia risk. At the end of the Preventing Dementia MOOC, there is also the opportunity to undertake an assessment of your individual risk.

Preventing Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds including

  • Health and allied health professionals
  • Community and residential aged care staff
  • Health policymakers
  • Social scientists
  • Individuals with a general interest in brain health and/or dementia

The course runs for 6 weeks in total. The first week of the course is an orientation period. Content will be delivered during weeks 2 to 6. To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week engaging with the course content and activities. After successfully completing the final quiz, participants will be eligible to download a free certificate of completion.

Syllabus

Course Outline

  Module 1 – Can dementia be prevented?
  • Key concepts in dementia prevention
  • Definition of dementia and introduction to the diseases that cause dementia
  • Important factors influencing the numbers of people with dementia across the globe
  • The impact of dementia on the health care system
  Module 2 – Risk factors for dementia
  • How we study dementia risk in populations
  • Non-modifiable vs modifiable risk factors
  • The major modifiable risk factors
  • How dementia risk is measured at individual and population levels
  Module 3 – Dementia risk – it’s not all in your head
  • Evidence supporting links between key vascular and medical risk factors with dementia
  Module 4 – A healthy and active life
  • Evidence supporting links between key lifestyle factors and risk of dementia
  • mpact of depression on dementia risk
  • Impact of education on dementia risk
  • Concept of ‘cognitive reserve’
  Module 5 – Interventions for prevention
  • Key strategies for prevention at the individual and population level
  • Encouraging healthy behaviours
  • What you can do to reduce your risk of dementia
  • Current research initiatives

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Reviews

4.9 rating, based on 4,686 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the course. I enjoyed all the modules and meeting international specialists and researchers. Personally I found the explanation of hereditary factors and risk of developing dementia enlightening and hugely...
  • Lorna Kay Durrant

    Lorna Kay Durrant completed this course.

    Having previously completed the Understanding Dementia Course in 2017, I have just completed the 2018 Preventing Dementia MOOC Course. I can now see why this Course is rated to be in the top 50 Worldwide Online Courses, and rated also as the top medical/lay...
  • Anna Grazia Pietrolungo

    Anna Grazia Pietrolungo completed this course.

    I have recently completed the "Preventing Dementia" course "MOOC" with the university of Tasmania. It has been an enjoyable, informal way of learning about the subject within my own time. Having the course presented on line with the many videos and articles,...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    At the very outset I wish to thank the University of Tasmania and each and every one of you,who made the course possible.I am glad to have been able to take the course and complete it. I learnt a lot during the course of this study.It also helped me...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Content: Well organised. Complexity achieved by progression of difficulty.
    Delivery: Encouraged personal engagement through research and comment
    Methodology: Course tutors warm and approachable. Articulation, speed and tonal pitch of delivery excellent.
    Personal Response: Retired Teacher/Librarian & Course Consultant. A digital immigrant - keyboarding difficult - hands have rheumatoid & osteoarthritis.
    BUT persisted because it was such a rewarding journey for an aged digital immigrant.
    Thank you.
    An educated society is capable of greater compassion through knowing & being aware.
  • Good course it was very informative. The content was really good especially the research evidences and relating to real life situations.
  • NAMAKAU NALUMANGO

    NAMAKAU NALUMANGO completed this course.

    I CAN'T STOP TELLING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THIS COURSE - IN OUR DISCUSSIONS AND EVEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AS A BABY BOOMER, I AM AWARE HOW DEMENTIA INTIMIDATES CONVERSATION. THIS COURSE HAS GIVEN ME HOPE, WHICH I WANT TO SPREAD AROUND. ALL STRUCTURES OF GOVERNMENT NEED TO BE DEMENTIA-LITERATE IN ORDER TO DEVELOP LIFELONG POLICIES AND SERVICES. I SEE THE NEED AS I USE DIFFERENT SERVICES. LOCAL AUTHORITIES WOULD DO WELL TO CONSIDER HAVING A DEMENTIA PORTFOLIO. THIS KIND OF KNOWLEDGE IS MUST FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. IT WAS A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE ON THE COURSE.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Thank you for MOOC and all this course lecturers. I am very enjoy learning. I have got a lot of new knowledge and important information, Is it possible ? Can Dementia prevented? But studies we understand that dementia , particularly in the oldest...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have gained a great deal of knowledge concerning dementia. Two of my friends have also completed this course and echo my sentiments. Our intention is to impart this knowledge to the carers and nursing staff here. The proof of the pudding etc, . Our ultimate goal is to help dementia residents here in our home. These residents range from the start of dementia to those who have full blown dementia. Your courses have made this possible. People with dementia break our hearts, and we are on a mission to improve their lives .
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have completed all the MOOC modules to date and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Very informative and has advanced my knowledge . I didn't always have time to listen to the videos but was able to print off and read the transcript. Lots of resource material was provided which was great. I recently attended a study day on Enabling Eddie: virtual reality on what it was like to be a dementia patient. This course was amazing and recommend it to everyone. With the knowledge obtained from MOOC and Enabling Eddie, it makes you think how we can improve patient centered care for dementia patients.
  • Interesting information, well presented and easy to access. It was also easy to dip in and out, spending as much or as little time as I had available on any one day, and then to pick up where I left off. The content is very easy to understand, with links...
  • Vivienne Scott

    Vivienne Scott completed this course.

    As a volunteer peer educator on Healthy brain Ageing - the course provided me with additional information and insight into Dementia which will enable me to pass onto my senior participants.

    As a long term Type 2 Diabetic... the course reinforced for me the importance of diet and lifestyle... it also gives me hope that with a healthier diet & more exercise - I could improve the health of my brain ... also by continuing volunteering and other social and intellectual pursuits, I could maintain and/or increase my cognitive reserve ( 78 years old) . Thank you for an excellent course.
  • Irene Landau

    Irene Landau completed this course.

    Excellent well-researched content, presented clearly in an interesting and engaging way. Plenty of video segments simulate actual lecture/tutorial situations with text transcripts for review and study. Progress based on test results is good. Level of material is ok for anyone to follow - only prerequisites: English reading and comprehension, a computer, Internet and 2 hours a week for 5 weeks.
    Plenty of links for further reading if you want to delve further. A completion certificate assists those who want the course to contribute to career opportunities.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A course l highly recommend, the MOOCs take you through all the different types of Dementia and the way the brain affects the progression of this disease. The course outlines what to expect with the Disease and ways to maybeminimise the chances of experiencing the onset.
    Anyone that has a family member or friend that has a Dementia l totally recommend that you do this course - the information is so valuable. The more information you have the more "armed" you are to tackle this horrible , terminal illness.
    You will not regret doing this amazing course.
  • Rita completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Dementia affects young and old and affects every family. Knowing what Dementia is and understanding that there is a lifestyle that will help you now and in the future is a gift. This course explains it in a way one can understand and gives the information you need now and how to get more information as needed. I recommend this course to everyone. View it as a first aid course supplement.
  • Thanks University Tasmania Wicking Dementia Centre for developing and running this MOOC Preventing Dementia. It's fantastic to be able to partake of such high calibre program, free of charge.

    I've registered for the next available course, Understanding Dementia 2021, and look forward to it very much.

    I will certainly strongly recommend family and friends to register into both courses. Now that I've done one course, I may be more effective in my 'sales' effort!

    Thanks to the faculty and team for a world class MOOC program!!

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Risk of dementia is determined by a complex mixture of gene, environment & lifestyle factors. Family history is associated with increasing dementia risks but it does not mean that we can definitely get it. With the knowledge get from the course, we can...
  • Leonie P. is taking this course right now.

    The Preventing Dementia (& the Understanding Dementia) course is very informative and covers areas such as ideas to help lower the risk of dementia (for example, cognitive exercises and healthy lifestyle). The course also covers some of the research being undertaken around the world, as well as explaining what exactly dementia is, and how it affects the brain in its various forms (for example, Vascular Dementia, Alzheimers etc).
  • Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    While age is the biggest risk factor for the development of dementia and genetics may play a small part, a number of lifestyle and health issues are also involved. This four-week course explains what we can do to reduce our risk of dementia.

    It is reassuring to know that it's never too early and never too late to work towards lowering our dementia risk. Take this course and "Understanding Dementia" to find out how!
  • Bruce Thompson completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This is an excellent course. Updated each session for relevance. Well presented with clear videos and infographics.
    Highly recommended introduction to preventing dementia.

    You need to do this, yes you have risk factors too and "it's never too late or too early to work on reducing your dementia risk". All the side-effects are good!

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