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Understanding Dementia

 with  Prof Fran McInerney
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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.

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Cost Free Online Course
Provider Independent
Language English
Certificates Certificate Available
Calendar 7 weeks long

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4.8 Based on 351 reviews

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5.0 4 years ago
Anna Spencer 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 matter of dementia itself, as well as a way to help my father. The lectures are presented in an easily understood format, with helpful summaries at the end of each one. You may choose to watch the videos and/or the transcripts, but as some of the videos are quite outstanding, and are a wonderful adjunct to the learning process, they are well worth watching!

Exercises and quizzes will test your comprehension of the material, but are not assessed. The discussions are a way to get to know other students and to test your knowledge of the course material. I found Body Central one of the most useful learning techniques. This programmme tests your knowledge of the structures
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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 matter of dementia itself, as well as a way to help my father. The lectures are presented in an easily understood format, with helpful summaries at the end of each one. You may choose to watch the videos and/or the transcripts, but as some of the videos are quite outstanding, and are a wonderful adjunct to the learning process, they are well worth watching!

Exercises and quizzes will test your comprehension of the material, but are not assessed. The discussions are a way to get to know other students and to test your knowledge of the course material. I found Body Central one of the most useful learning techniques. This programmme tests your knowledge of the structures and functions of the brain, and is a very easy and fun way to learn this material. I doubt whether I could have learnt this material so easily, without this wonderful interactive learning tool.

This was my first experience of online learning, which I found superior to learning in a classroom. The teachers are wonderful and are extremely supportive. In fact, I was so impressed by Understanding Dementia, that I completed the subsequent course, Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia, which is equally impressive; both courses are great fun, as well as very informative. I highly recommend Understanding Dementia to anyone, who has an interest in the subject. If you aren't especially interested when you start, I can almost guarantee that you will develop an interest in the subject of dementia by the end of the course!
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5.0 5 months ago
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, why can't I work things out. Previously with one particular person, who frequently would ask me this question, I was able to give a brief overview, then she would say "thanks for that lecture, that helps". I often get asked the from Carers who have a spouse with Alzheimer's, what is going on and how can I cope with day to day activities. Now I can give them a more professional description of the function or the non-function of the brain. The last section of the course I enjoyed as I am very familiar and conversant with, as I have always had a passion for how to care and how a person with the disease SHOULD BE CARED FOR.

PLEASE- Could this course be compulsory for every ca
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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, why can't I work things out. Previously with one particular person, who frequently would ask me this question, I was able to give a brief overview, then she would say "thanks for that lecture, that helps". I often get asked the from Carers who have a spouse with Alzheimer's, what is going on and how can I cope with day to day activities. Now I can give them a more professional description of the function or the non-function of the brain. The last section of the course I enjoyed as I am very familiar and conversant with, as I have always had a passion for how to care and how a person with the disease SHOULD BE CARED FOR.

PLEASE- Could this course be compulsory for every carer who wishes to work in a Nursing Home. For the respect and dignity of every person who is suffering from this disease, they deserved to be cared for as any other person who is a resident in Aged Care Facilities. our Government needs to take a closer look at the education of employees working in Nursing Homes.

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5.0 2 years ago
by Ana Catarino 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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5.0 4 years ago
Sharyon Bellwood 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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5.0 5 months ago
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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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is absolutely awesome. If you work with elderly or other dementia patients, or if you have aging parents and think dementia may be developing, you need this course. Easy to follow and understand yet lots of detail and depth. It will really help you understand what is going on in someone with dementia and greater understanding on our part makes caregiving easier and less burdensome. I highly recommend this course.
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5.0 4 years ago
Jeanette completed this course.
The knowledge I gain was immeasurable. It was very easy to use and understand. Loved the course. I could do it at my own my own pace and fit it very easily into my day.
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5.0 4 years ago
Jane Moore completed this course.
Fantastic and fun - this course is a really great way to study and made so easy. Thoroughly enjoyed doing it and sad when I finished! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
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5.0 4 years ago
Kristenandandrew Chant completed this course.
I learnt so much during this course and it has been really useful in my workplace. Thank you so much.
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5.0 5 months ago
Rodger Bull 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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5.0 2 years ago
by Jo Collett completed this course.
The Wicking Centre and University of Tasmania are to be congratulated for producing such a high quality, user-friendly and informative course. It featured explanations that were easy to understand, highlighted with interactive activities, summary notes and video explanations by the team of professional specialists in this field. I work in allied health and am at present undertaking the Wicking course entitled "Preventing Dementia" which I am finding equally interesting and informative, both professionally and personally.
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5.0 5 months ago
by Karen Jenkins completed this course.
The course was very well laid out. I enjoyed learning the beginning brain part because it explained why some of the changes were happening and how different areas affected different skills/behaviors. Looking at it as a disease takes some of the stigma away, more people need to understand these facts. I have always been a caring and compassionate person and now I can be better at communicating with people with dementia and their families. Thank you for making this presentation and I will recommend to my colleagues and families seeking additional information on what is happening in the brain.
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5.0 5 months ago
by Kathy Dickinson completed this course.
I cannot recommend this MOOC course highly enough! I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course. It was easy to enroll and begin, nothing was very complicated and the speed of learning is at your own pace. It is a very clear course, easy to navigate and also to check your progress going through the course. The interviews are informative and enjoyable and the quizzes, discussion posts and thought trees help to expand your knowledge even further. Very, very sad I've passed and completed this course - but for all the right reasons!
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5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is invaluable for anyone supporting someone with dementia or working with people with dementia. I would like to see this course compulsory for any one working in the industry as it really gives a full understanding of everything from what happens physically to your brain, your signs and symptoms, and most importantly how to respond to people with dementia. I found this course thought provoking and vital in open our eyes to what actually people with dementia suffer from. I would really encourage everyone to do this.
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5.0 5 months ago
by Donna Schwarz-nielsen completed this course.
Absolutely wonderful course!

I'm so glad I took this, my first MOOC. Delivered in a way that makes it easily accessible and pertinent to professionals, students and carers alike. I've learned so much more than the stereotypical information about dementia portrayed in the media. And I believe it's also helped me to look beyond the physical of any individual to what potentially lies beneath.

Many thanks to the MOOC team, and I look forward to any more MOOCs you present.

Donna Schwarz-Nielsen
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5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course has been absolutely fantastic, it is a great way to understand and improve your understanding of dementia. It is useful for many different people. I liked that the course allowed me to study at a pace that suits me. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in completing the course as it has been extremely helpful so far. (It is great).
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5.0 2 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was a Free MOOC but there was such a wealth of information and resources that I felt like I was getting a true University experience.

I'd recommend this course to anyone who had an Interest in Dementia, particularly those working in the field looking to really expand their knowledge.
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5.0 5 months ago
Cher Barron completed this course.
I have learned so much from both MOOCs and the knowledge gained will be applied in my own life to ensure that as I age I continue to enjoy good health. I am a fit vegan, who does not drink, smoke, gets lots of exercise, stimulates my brain but have only ever thought of this as my personal life choice, not that I reduce the risk of Dementia. This is a real fear as my Mother died from it. Thoroughly enjoyed the video sessions, and also printed the text version so I could revisit the topic later.
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5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I have completed the Preventing Dementia and the Understanding Dementia MOOC with the University of Tasmania. The entire learning experience was positive and I would certainly recommend it. The online course was easy to navigate. The units were structured in a logical and easy to understand order. The learning was layered and provided opportunities to reinforce knowledge via different modalities. The content was interesting, relevant, useful as well as challenging.
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5.0 5 months ago
by Angie Hoffmann completed this course.
This course is a true eye opener. Although I have no connection with anybody that has cognitive impairment, neither am I confronted to nurse or otherwise to care for anybody that has the disease. Hence, was struggling a bit in the beginning but in the end got the hang of the course content. I do not know whether I should take the course a step further but will soon make the decision at a later stage.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Warmest

Angie Hoffmann
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