50+ Free Online Courses to Care for Elderly People
The number of people needing assistance in their later years is growing rapidly. These courses discuss health and care issues common in older people or outline ways to improve your chances of keeping healthy for longer.
With better medical care, people are living longer. While some are enjoying a better quality of life for longer than in past times, the number of people needing assistance in their later years is growing rapidly. According to the United Nations, “Globally, the population aged 65 and over is growing faster than all other age groups.” As reported previously by Class Central, an online Master’s degree in end-of-life care started in January 2020.
Whether you are caring for an older person at home, working in a care facility, or interested in the social, economic, and demographic implications of aging populations, here are more than 50 courses to explore. Some discuss health and care issues common in older people, others outline ways to improve your chances of keeping healthy for longer.
Related health matters such as cardiovascular health, depression, and diabetes are not limited to older people, but these conditions occur more frequently in this age group. Find more courses in specific topics with our Search facility.
And if you are retired from the paid workforce but still keen to learn online, try these courses about aging or any of our subjects.
Understanding Dementia University of Tasmania via Independent
This is a course about dementia looking at a broad range of topics including, basic brain anatomy, pathology, dementia research, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, medical management, living with dementia, progression and staging, palliation, behaviours and therapeutic approaches.
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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.
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Nutrition, Heart Disease and Diabetes Wageningen University via edX
Discover the latest insights on the importance of nutrition and lifestyle in the development and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in the online open course Nutrition, Heart disease and Diabetes.
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Easing the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease The University of Sydney via Coursera
This course shows how all chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer) are related by a set of common causes, and that such diseases should be tackled, not individually, but as part of a complex system, with interrelated contributing factors.
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Foundations for Assisting in Home Care State University of New York via Coursera
This course is intended as a self-study course for those interested in exploring a career as a Home Health Aide or Personal Care Aide.
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Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise University of Toronto via Coursera
Managing Your Health: The Role of Physical Therapy and Exercise will introduce learners to the concepts and benefits of physical therapy and exercise. Over six weeks learners will explore: Why physical activity and exercise are important, Exercise and Cardiovascular Disease, Exercise and Osteoporosis, Exercise and Cancer, Common Sports Injuries, Exercise and Arthritis
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Strategies for Successful Ageing Trinity College Dublin via FutureLearn
Find out how staying happy, healthy, socially-connected and active can help you age successfully, with this free online course.
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Disease Screening in Public Health University of Geneva via Coursera
Current and future public health is characterized by the increase of chronic and degenerative diseases, corresponding to the worldwide ageing of the population. The increasing prevalence of these conditions together with the long incubation period of the chronic diseases and the continual technological innovations, offer new opportunities to develop strategies for early diagnosis.
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Business Models for Innovative Care for Older People University of Copenhagen via Coursera
Aging has been coined as one of the major societal challenges. The fact that we simply live longer, is in itself not a problem but rather a triumph. However, this unprecedented demographic change significantly affects individual life histories through an increased number of e.g. lifestyle related chronic diseases. These extra life years also have a massive imprint on the organization of welfare institutions and the financial sustainability of the welfare system.
What is Palliative Care? University of Colorado System via Coursera
Palliative care provides invaluable help for patients living with serious or life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Palliative care should be part of healthcare services to improve quality of life, the ability to tolerate and benefit from treatment and improve survival.
Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care University of Colorado System via Coursera
In this course, you will be able to develop a systems view for assessing and managing pain in the palliative care setting. By the end of the course, you will be able to: 1) Describe the pain problem in the palliative care setting; 2) Assess a person’s pain, 3) Explain the benefits of integrative therapies and pharmacologic strategies to manage pain.
Foundations in Dementia The University of Nottingham via FutureLearn
Discover better ways to support people with dementia. Explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.
Global Disease Masterclass: Non-communicable Diseases Imperial College London via Coursera
Welcome to this course on the aetiology, epidemiology and interventions for non-communicable diseases of the Global Diseases Masterclass. We’ve selected four disease areas: Colorectal Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), Dementia, and Diabetes.
Non-Communicable Diseases in Humanitarian Settings University of Copenhagen via Coursera
According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of global deaths are due to NCDs. The four main disease groups which cause the greatest number of deaths are cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (including asthma).
Cancer Prevention Web-Based Activity University of Virginia via Coursera
This web-based video course focuses on the importance of prevention and risk reduction in decreasing cancer occurrences.
Human Growth and Development Modern States via Independent
It covers the fundamentals generally taught in a one-semester introductory course in developmental psychology or human development, including the infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging.
CARE: Nutrition in Ageing Imperial College London via edX
Learn the fundamentals of nutrition for healthy ageing and enhance your care practice
CARE: Promotion of Healthy Ageing Karolinska Institutet via edX
Learn how to promote active and healthy ageing when caring for an older adult. Explore lifestyle-related factors and their role in the prevention of diseases and disorders in old age.
CARE: Introduction to Caregiving for Older Adults Karolinska Institutet via edX
This course serves as an introduction to care and support for older adults, senior citizens, and the elderly. Together we can help deliver personalized caregiving, helping citizens age well and with dignity.
CARE: Age related diseases and disorders Karolinska Institutet via edX
This course explores a range of diseases, disorders and conditions that we may encounter as we age, and how it can look when an older adult has more than one medical condition, known as comorbidities.
The activity will cover the principles of hypertension pathophysiology and diagnosis; recent hypertensive guidelines and trials; and the development of appropriate hypertensive regimens for both uncomplicated and resistant hypertension. In addition, the activity will cover when advanced diagnostics and referral to specialty care are indicated.
This course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: Latino Populations, will provide information on assessing and caring for Dementia patients, their families, and caregivers in Latino/Hispanic American Populations.
Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia Care University System of Maryland via edX Provides an overview of Alzheimer’s disease, including pathophysiology, risk factors, stages, symptoms, diagnosis, including medications used to enhance cognitive function. Reviews modified communication strategies that optimize interactions and reduce behavioral expressions. Explores the topic of dementia caregiving, its challenges and resources available, as well as special care considerations when the person with dementia is hospitalized.
The Business of Aging in the Longevity Economy Georgetown University via edX The Business of Aging in the Longevity Economy will introduce you to the interdisciplinary field of aging, important concepts of senior living administration, and to the master of science degree at Georgetown University in Aging & Health. This three-module course is appropriate for anyone interested in learning about aging personally or professionally, including college graduates who are interested in aging social and policy issues as well as mid-career or encore-career students who seek professional advancement or a shift in the career track.
End-of-Life Care for People with Dementia University of East Anglia via FutureLearn
Understand the needs of people with dementia, and how to better support them and enhance their wellbeing towards the end of life.
Frailty in Daily Living Hong Kong Polytechnic University via edX A practical MOOC that allows you to experience the assessment and management of frailty in daily life to achieve healthy ageing.
Myocardial Infarction University of Zurich via Coursera
Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioral risk factors, the understanding of these risk factors, their mechanisms and impact on the cardiovascular system. In this context our course aims to approach the complex field of myocardial infarction in two respects: medical education and awareness of a broader audience.
Nutrition and Disease Prevention Taipei Medical University via FutureLearn
Learn about the relationship between diet and disease and discover the role a nutrient-rich diet can play in disease prevention.
Introduction to Hearing Loss Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai via Coursera
Disorders of the ear range from simple, easily treated entities (such as wax or cerumen impaction) to the highly complex (such as permanent hearing loss).
Healthy Aging and the Future of Cannabis Research University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera
This Healthy Aging and Future of Cannabis Research course is designed to have you think critically about the health effects of cannabis in the context of inflammation, exercise, and aging.
Rethinking Ageing: Are we prepared to live longer? University of Melbourne via Coursera
Population ageing is occurring in nearly every country around the world. This MOOC takes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the impact of living longer and takes into account the technological advancements, the built environment, economics and ethics to rethink what it means to ‘age well’ now and in the future.
Palliative Care Always: India Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx
Palliative care can help ease suffering and improve wellbeing in people living with serious illnesses such as cancer. Palliative Care Always: India is an online, case-based course for health care practitioners.
Palliative Care Always Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx
Palliative care can help ease suffering and improve wellbeing in people living with serious illnesses such as cancer. Palliative Care Always is an online, case-based course for health care practitioners who work in cancer care.
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