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Preventing Dementia

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University of Tasmania via Independent

  • Provider Independent
  • Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 4 weeks long
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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.


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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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 reassuring. I have a mother with moderate typical...
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Lorna D
Lorna 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 education ever, of its kind... (Please...
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Anna P
Anna 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, has been invaluable. Being a very busy person, having this course so easily accessible, I was able to dedicate time to it when I was able to.... ie: in the early hours of the morning!!!

I found the course engaging and interesting with great resources provided.

I would love these type of informative courses being accessible to the wider community as a valuable prevention tool. If this type of information was given out to the many people who have experienced a loved one deteriorating with the condition of Dementia, it could help them make informed choices about their own lifestyle choices which in turn may turn the tide on this ever increasing challenge to our health.
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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 sift the irrelevant information which I may have gained earlier. I do hope the eager beavers out there do take this opportunity to increase their knowledge and share it with others ,which will help those who do not know about these courses which are offered.

Normally to gain all this information ,one would need to read several books and periodicals and browse through countless sites and topics and meet several Doctors in this field.In India sadly there are not many that I know of who would educate the unwary on this scale.

Each of them : Understanding Dementia and Preventing Dementia are the need of today and extremely relevant topics.

Thank you once again.

Vanita Kumta
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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.
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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 people , is a mixture of classical Alzheimer's...
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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.
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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 .
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Vivienne S
Vivienne 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.
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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.
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Rita R
by 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.
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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 start, as it is not early or late, to address our...
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Anonymous completed this course.
The Preventing Dementia course was appropriately structured with relevant content. It was up to me to pace myself, time-wise, in the way I approached the modules. There were reminders of timings of modules and completion dates, well in advance. Discussion topics encouraged student community connection and end-of - module quizzes ensured that learning was consolidated from one module before going on to the next. The further reading links were interesting, easy to access and the articles definitely supported the course content. Preventing Dementia is a course that tackles a real-life issue for individuals and communities alike. It would not be difficult to act on the information - it simply needs commitment. It has been an extremely worthwhile learning experience that inspires me to want to delve deeper into finding out even more about neuroscience research, Dementia and its related illnesses and working with those living with it.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is awesome, I wish I could do it a whole year and know more about Preventing Dementia. I never knew what dementia is and what causes dementia, until I heard from a friend about it and was interested to know more about it so I decided to enroll with The MOOC. I did my first MOOC about Understanding Dementia, It really opened my eyes to know that Dementia was a brain disease when the Brain neurons die.

I like the course so much that I decided to take the second lot which Is Preventing Dementia. I learn a lot from both Units, Though it was offered in a short time, the professors who organize this did a wonderful job of giving the most vital important knowledge about Dementia and I really appreciated it.

If there will be another chance of studying with MOOC again, I will not hesitate.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was a fabulous course. As a doctorate level epidemiologist and an online tutor for the Masters of Public Health course of a prestigious university, I was extremely impressed with both (i) the evidence base underlying the MOOC; and (ii) how smoothly the online system operated - this was amazingly well organised. I was so impressed that I have enrolled in the Understanding Dementia course as well, which was certainly not my intention at the outset! Thank you to the course conveners - it is rare in this day and age that such a high quality product is made available to all at no charge. I am delighted that a friend told me about this opportunity - I recommend this course to anyone looking to learn more about ways to reduce the risk of dementia.
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Anonymous completed this course.
At the very outset I would like to thank 'The development of the Preventing Dementia MOOC supported by the College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania, and the J.O. and J.R. Wicking Trust', 'The Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, for this course which has been so well developed, road-tested and supported by many staff and students in the Wicking Centre. It has enabled me and so many,many others all over the globe gain knowledge on the subject of Preventing Dementia. A lot has been done,but more importantly a lot needs to be done and can be done by all of us to dissipate knowledge on the subject and help those so afflicted. True progress lies in it.

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Jane O
Jane completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Thankyou for a fantastic course.

Every piece of transcript I have read has been extremely informative. Until commencing this course I had no idea how much important research is going on in all different parts of the world.

In my 32years+ of nursing, both in psychiatric (17 years) and aged care the past 16 years I am still wanting to gain knowledge and learn more about dementia, so I can stay completely committed to giving the best possible care to my residents who are suffering the disease, and also helping to support family members and friends as they are such an important part of the journey also riding the emotional rollercoaster along with their loved ones.

Thankyou to everyone involved in putting together these courses.

Kind regards.

Jane olsen
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is an interesting course that provides good understanding for people with little or no knowledge about dementia and alzheimer's.

However, I find the videos very boring and the audio is not very good. Perhaps if you have it in animated form ( as in a cartoon telling a story ), it will be easier for older people to absorb and understand.

Which was also why I ended up reading the text but it was quite heavy and tedious as some of the terms used were unheard of, so it would be ideal if we can pause and access the glossary right away when we come across certain terms in order to grasp better.

Nonethless, this is a great course and I have recommended it to my family and friends. Please keep up the good work.

Thank you so very much !

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Irene L
Irene 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.
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