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Online Course

Understanding Dementia

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University of Tasmania via Independent

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  • Cost Free Online Course
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Duration 7 weeks long
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Overview

The 7-week curriculum is divided into three units: ‘the brain’, ‘the diseases’ and ‘the person’. It covers a range of topics including basic brain anatomy, pathology, dementia research, risk factors, the difference between normal ageing and dementia, diagnosis, medical management, living with dementia, progression and staging, palliation, behavioural and psychological symptoms, therapeutic approaches, dementia friendly communities and more.

The content is delivered by 18 experts in the field of dementia including neuroscientists, health scientists, clinicians, dementia care professionals and people living with dementia.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage with the material via video clips, activities, games, scenarios and quizzes. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to meet an international network of peers online to discuss the key issues surrounding dementia.

Taught by

Prof Fran McInerney

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Colin W
Colin completed this course.
For me doing the course and its course work was a Rip Van Winkle experience. The last time I worked with people who had dementia was during the late seventies. At that time it was called Senile Dementia and Pre-senile Demetia. There were other demetias most notably Huntington's Chorea and what was termed...
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Dr S
Dr completed this course.
The Understanding Dementia MOOC provides a thorough overview of the nature and range of dementias and especially useful strategies for working with people living with dementia. As a film maker and physiologist, I have worked on some very large multimedia and website projects and this one has been extremely...
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Mary R
Mary completed this course.
"Undertaking the MOOC online course provided by the UTAS - Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, was an incredible journey for me. I had only worked briefly years ago in a Dementia Ward in a Nursing Care Facility in Queensland. I observed and learnt a little about the affects it has on the...
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Anna S
Anna completed this course, spending 25 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Understanding Dementia is a brilliant course! I initially enrolled to enable me to better understand my father, who suffers from vascular dementia, and to ensure that he has the best care possible. I found the course so engaging, that my motivation for study became an intrinsic interest in the subject...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
For me doing the course and its course work was a Rip Van Winkle experience. The last time I worked with people who had dementia was during the late seventies. At that time it was called Senile Dementia and Pre-senile Demetia. There were other demetias most notably Huntington's Chorea and what was termed...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
An absolute massive THANK YOU to all involved from the Wicking Centre who made this possible. It was a truly lovely, insightful experience! loved, lovED, LOVED it! Definitely joining the Preventing Dementia course and looking so much forward. Will be joining the Alzheimer University in London in May,...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Dementia is the leading cause of death in Australia. Since 2017 it has become the leading cause of death for women who account for 64.5% of all dementia related deaths. Currently there is an estimated 447,115 Australians living with dementia. One in ten people over 65 years have dementia. It is the single...
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Bev S
Bev completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I am 74 years old and have a family member with mild alzheimer's disease. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the disease. A friend who works in providing care, completed the course in 2017. She sent me information on the course as she knew I was concerned about changes in my family member's...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Absolutely loved this course! It's my first online course and I'm hoping that the ones I complete in the future will be run as well as this. It was very easy to navigate the slides and the content, the videos were very informative and easy to follow, and I loved that the videos were capped at a certain...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, especially the first half as I only had the basic knowledge of the function of the brain. I now will have confidence in explaining the technical details to those people who have been inflicted with this disease, many times a person will ask me what is wrong with me,...
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Lee L
Lee completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic course and it has made me wanting to learn more and more about Dementia. I found it so interesting, informative and have acquired so much knowledge from the course and the discussions. It has certainly provided me with more understanding, awareness, useful & valuable...
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Naomi P
Naomi completed this course.
I don't know where to start. Dr Carolyn King is wonderful and provided me with so many great insights into my residents. I am the Clinical Manager of an Aged Care Facility and watching through these videos the very words I spoke were then reiterated to me and it gave me this amazing sense of validation...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic course and it has made me wanting to learn more and more about Dementia. I found it so interesting, informative and have acquired so much knowledge from the course and the discussions. It has certainly provided me with more understanding, awareness, useful & valuable...
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Deborah M
Deborah completed this course.
I completed the UTAS MOOC Understanding Dementia course in April 2018. I am so glad I did. Not only has it given me a comprehensive understanding of where the latest research and changing attitudes towards dementia care are, it has opened the doors for me to explore many more possibilities for online...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
* I had undertaken this course in the hope - I could better care for my wife whom was diagnosed with dementia. At my age I was hesitant in engaging with such a project. However at eighty two years and seemingly poor computer skills I was interested from the outset. The more I became engaged the more I wanted to move forward. I found it difficult to leave it alone.

* Following my engagement with this learning experience, I am better equipped to understand and react to my wife's needs to give her a better quality of life during my caring for her.

* I commend this course to all carers.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Nanette Taylor - University of Canberra Hospital The course was an excellent 'learning platform' to outline the 'normal person with some challenges' versus those persons that have possible signs of dementia and those that have been conclusively diagnosed as having dementia and the significant signs...
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Ana C
by Ana completed this course.
I agree with all who have written here. I too found this course extremely interesting & wishing it was around when my mother developed dementia. I was able to tell a friend about it as i went as her husband is sufferent from vascular dementia. I am happy that i was able to do this.

The quizzes & test as well as the discussion were great & i found the lecturers & guest exceptional & really interesting...it was better & more fun than uni i think although that was years ago.

I am not working in the area but i found myself wishing that i was after accumulating all the knowledge. This was my first venture into online courses and it was an excellent one by Unit 2 i started another online course & i was able to keep up with them both. I am now looking for more subjects in MOOC perhaps photography?! I would love to do this i dont know if its offered.

Thank you for a well organised & thorough course.
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Nanette T
Nanette completed this course.
The course was an excellent 'learning platform' to outline the 'normal person with some challenges' versus those persons that have possible signs of dementia and those that have been conclusively diagnosed as having dementia and the significant signs plus variances that the disease can display....
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Rodger B
Rodger completed this course.
The content was excellent but I found toward the end I became a bit disengaged with the repetitive format. By that I mean reliance on videos. The interviews were good. I just found I was starting to say to myself 'ok, ok, I get the point. Lets move on!'

I can't offer a suggestion as to how to improve it as the content was good. Maybe it was that it laboured a point too much. I can't put my finger on it unfortunately.

The other more helpful thing would be ongoing access to the videos or course notes. The ability to print out slides etc that were used. I have printed a lot of the video text to keep in a binder as course notes but other parts would be helpful as well where slides or diagrams were used.

The reference to other resources was excellent.

Overall a very good course. Enjoyed it!
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Sharyon B
Sharyon completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I enjoyed the course immensely . it was extremely interesting .I thought I knew quite lot about Dementia , but was very surprised , with the detailed information I learnt about , have been informing others of the course as to its benefits for those of us working in aged care .My sister who also works in aged care and her daughter who is an RN finished the course and are continuing on with their studies with the UOT as a result, Well done MOOC creators
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