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The Many Faces of Dementia

University College London via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Subject Disease & Disorders
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Finished
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Overview

Explore key issues in dementia care and research, through four less common forms

Dementia is one of the foremost priorities in global health and is estimated to affect over 44 million people worldwide. This has a huge impact on individuals and on society, so improvements in understanding, care and treatments are desperately needed. In this online course, you’ll discover key issues in dementia care and research. You’ll explore four less common forms of dementia, through the eyes of people affected by them. World-leading experts at UCL will show how research into the signs, stages, symptoms and causes of these forms can bring us closer to defeating dementia.

The only requirement is an interest in dementia, its effects on people and the brain.
We hope that this course will be of particular interest to:

  • Anyone who works with people diagnosed with dementia
  • People who have a friend or family member who has dementia
  • People in the early stages of the disease
  • Students with an interest in learning more about dementia

Taught by

Tim Shakespeare

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Margaret D
4.0 2 years ago
by Margaret completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Most people have some knowledge of dementia, either in their own family or among friends and acquaintances. We have an impression that it involves losing your memory and your understanding of the world around you. What you may not know it that it can manifest itself in many ways, affecting vision, perception, movement and behaviour.

This course looks at some of the less common forms of dementia, like Familial Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia and Posterior Cortical Atrophy. They have features in common but all present their own challenges to those living with disease and those caring for them. The input of patients and their families was an important feature of this course, making it real and relevant.

Anybody who knows somebody with dementia will find this course helpful in understanding how to relate to them and it is particularly useful for care staff and health professionals.
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