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University of Tasmania

Preventing Dementia

University of Tasmania via Independent


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

    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...
  • Anonymous
    As I am 67yrs and my mother at 92 is in the initial stages of dementia, so I found the course most relevant and very informative. The areas covered were presented in a sequential format by experts in the field, starting with Module 1 - Identifying Dementia....
  • I highly recommend this course to both health professionals and those with an interest in learning more about the prevention of dementia.

    The course is presented in an informative, engaging manner, and contains interviews and findings from current global research.
  • 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!!

  • Use it or lose it. I enrolled the course for my 2nd time as the revision. I thought would be able to remember 80% of details or knowledge like what I did from the previous year. No I am wrong, maximum 10% what I did remember.

    This is proved to myself that never think twice to study something you think you already know.

    Thank you very much for generouse academic course to the public. I do appreciate it, Preventing Dementia is helpful for my health benefits and my learning output throughout the course.
  • 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...
  • Good course it was very informative. The content was really good especially the research evidences and relating to real life situations.
  • I really enjoyed this course, and would recommend it to anyone who was looking for ways to improve their risk factors or their families risk factors of getting dementia. Thank you for making this information so easily accessible.
  • 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...
    I am a 74 year old retired male. A couple of my friends who work in Aged Care completed this course last year and they kept talking about it. I thought it was for experts or for those working in the field of care and aged care...when they said that anyone...
  • Anonymous
    An excellent course. This course will help anyone with an interest in Dementia, get up to speed on the latest research and provide very clear understanding regarding this affliction. It is extremely practical, well sequenced and exceedingly easy to...
  • 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).
  • Anonymous
    I fully expected the course to be somewhat simplistic but found the material to be mentally engaging and the information current. I believe this is easily accessible for people who are unfamiliar with on-line learning as it is for those who are. The...
  • Demensia merupakan penyakit yang mengakibatkan penurunan daya ingat dan cara berpikir dengan nama lain mudah lupa/pikun. Demensia bukan merupakan penyakit yang spesifik dan memiliki gejala seperti mudah lupa, keterampilan sosial yang terbatas, dan kemampuan...
  • 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...
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    M Crowder
    The course was very well presented, in bite-size chunks of learning. The language used easy to follow and speakers clear. You can stop/ start the course at any time during each module, which I found helpful with other commitments etc. I learnt more than I had expected to and now want to know more. It alleviated concerns regarding hereditary possibilities and revealed very positive facts/ figures. Also surprisingly a 'feel good' factor was experienced after I completed each quiz (at the end of each module) even though I had to retake some quizzes and I scrapped through at 70% ! I would recommend this course and it's free.
  • 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,...
  • Owen Maguire
    While the Course is extremely valuable to all who wish to learn more regarding preventing the onset of Dementia, I believe it should be mandatory for those who come from a family where Dementia has already shown itself. In my case my wife comes from...
  • Since quarantine began, I have completed over a dozen MOOCs on various topics. This MOOC was, by far, the best-presented, most user-friendly, best organized and complete, and useful of them all. The video quality and graphics were excellent, the material practical and applicable. Overall, excellent in every respect.
  • Anonymous
    This course has broaden my knowledge of Dementia specially its prevention. I used to ignore people with Dementia and considered it as just a part of getting old. In a third world country specially, people with dementia are taken for granted, ignored, made fun of, and thinking that nothing can be done for them, not thinking that there are ways to prevent it. My new knowledge can now help me open others perception about dementia. Sharing with others what I learned from this course.

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