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Preventing Dementia

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University of Tasmania via Independent

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Overview

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.

Syllabus

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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4.8 Based on 1426 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
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 later onset Alzheimers and it seems from my understanding of risk factors and brain protective factors my individual risk factors for Alzheimers are not as large and inevitable as I had thought.

It was wonderful to read of all the positive life style modifications we …
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Lorna D
5.0 5 months ago
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 see the quoted review of this outstanding MOOC course.).

For myself I have so much enjoyed the content, made eminently understandable for both lay and Health professionals by the brilliant team of contributors. Thank you so much.

At the completion of this …
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Anna P
5.0 5 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
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
4.0 5 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
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
5.0 5 months ago
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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Rita R
5.0 a year ago
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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Namakau N
5.0 5 months ago
Namakau completed this course.
I CAN'T STOP TELLING MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT THIS COURSE - IN OUR DISCUSSIONS AND EVEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AS A BABY BOOMER, I AM AWARE HOW DEMENTIA INTIMIDATES CONVERSATION. THIS COURSE HAS GIVEN ME HOPE, WHICH I WANT TO SPREAD AROUND. ALL STRUCTURES OF GOVERNMENT NEED TO BE DEMENTIA-LITERATE IN ORDER TO DEVELOP LIFELONG POLICIES AND SERVICES. I SEE THE NEED AS I USE DIFFERENT SERVICES. LOCAL AUTHORITIES WOULD DO WELL TO CONSIDER HAVING A DEMENTIA PORTFOLIO. THIS KIND OF KNOWLEDGE IS MUST FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. IT WAS A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO BE ON THE COURSE.
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Irene L
5.0 5 months ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
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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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Since various types of dementia are part of our reality now and for the foreseeable future, we just might want to get to work to benefit not only ourselves and our loved ones, but the millions of people in the world who are and will be touched by this. It’s going to be a costly and very challenging way to go.

The courses offered by utas are beautifully and expertly done, as well as clearly focused on preparing us to acquire and be able to utilize the knowledge, wisdom, and awareness we need to be helpful and competent in our efforts. I am so grateful to have been given this meaningful experience...and for free!
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am so pleased I learnt of the course through the Understanding Dementia MOOC I completed. The Wicking Centre through The University of Tasmania is providing an excellent opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to increase their knowledge relating to dementia. The course is so easy to complete and the knowledge gained can only benefit all participants. I know a large number have completed both this MOOC and The Understanding Dementia MOOC. I would like to see a greater awareness of this opportunity within the community to enable more people to participate in both MOOCs.
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Carole B
5.0 5 months ago
Carole completed this course.
I have an interest in neurodegenerative diseases but am also approaching retirement so gaining more insight into the scientific basis of what might or might not be a factor in modulating dementia risk was attractive. I found the course well presented and very interesting without taking up too much time in my busy schedule. Having completed the course I would still like to follow up some of the additional links provided and read some of the research papers. I wonder if the course material might still be available once the current course has closed?

I would highly recommend the course.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have finished it all I have thoroughly enjoyed this course and all I have learnt a lot from it Lots of information that I was unaware of. Thank for the opportunity to participate in the course and conversations which I have found both informative and very interesting and easy to apply to my work environment .

The lists of websites with information has been a valuable tool and fantastic resource to gain a wide range information that is very valuable in understanding the different types of the disease and what areas of the brain are effected eg Vascular, Parkinson’s, Lewybodies
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Sally G
5.0 5 months ago
Sally completed this course.
This course, Preventing Dementia is an excellent follow up to the Understanding Dementia course provided by The Wicking Centre. It is presented in a clear, concise and understandable way with videos, graphics, written information and links to more comprehensive information and studies. The course accommodates people from all levels of education without being patronising. It is informative and a very useful method of educating the population at large about dementia and useful health initiatives for mental and physical well-being using an online forum. I highly recommend it.
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Trish M
5.0 5 months ago
Trish completed this course.
I think the MOOC courses on Understanding and Preventing Dementia are a brilliant idea. They have helped me learn so much about a subject I knew little about before. It is so important that everyone in the community has this knowledge so that they can better support people with Dementia and also take steps to maintain their own physical and mental health and reduce their risk of getting it.

I really appreciate having had the opportunity to take these courses and it has inspired me to hopefully enrol in the UTAS Dementia Studies diploma course next year.

Thank you!
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Lolyn W
5.0 5 months ago
Lolyn completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course, Preventing Dementia MOOC is highly recommended to everyone for further understanding of the syndrome and its underlying risks. Such risks have been clearly identified here along with the numerous researches, studies and projects being conducted by different groups of health professionals. Learning from this very comprehensive and informative study , I strongly believe that if more people regardless of age will be exposed to this awareness and with the proper risk management, prevention of dementia is absolutely possible.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Over all I have gained amazing learning experience watching all the videos, All the Professors were outstanding. Breaking down the communication on Dementia is Alzheimer's Disease and the Cardiovascular Risk Factors for Dementia, and Environment risk, Genetic risk for Dementia was amazing I have learned and accomplished a lot with MOCC, each and every Module was easy very helpful easy and accessible. I would love to share this Dementia and the risk factors for Dementia with community help them as well, so we all learn together.

Big Thanks to University of Tasmania team keep it up.

Nizzy.
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