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Understanding Dementia

All-Time Top 50

University of Tasmania

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  • Provider Independent
  • Subject Disease & Disorders
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Certificate Available
  • Effort 3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • 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

Reviews for Understanding Dementia
4.9 Based on 1419 reviews

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Colin W
4.0 3 months ago
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 Arteriosclerotic Demetia. It could be readily diagnosed by doctors but little could be done to halt its progress and compared to the present day, comparatively little was know about the pathology of the syndrome. Now days the terminology has changed most Dementia's are now lumped under Alzhei…
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Dr S
5.0 3 months ago
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 well designed and thoughtfully implemented. The navigation system is excellent and the numerous video interviews, although limited to single camera filming, are well planned and mostly very engaging.

My only criticisms are very minor. I found the use of the term MOOC a little…
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Anna S
5.0 4 years ago
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 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 wonder…
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Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
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 Arteriosclerotic Demetia. It could be readily diagnosed by doctors but little could be done to halt its progress and compared to the present day, comparatively little was know about the pathology of the syndrome. Now days the terminology has changed most Dementia's are now lumped under Alzhei…
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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, hosted by ADI and "Understanding Dementia" came just at the right time for me to understand so much more. We have a great deal of work ahead of us here in Namibia, and Africa.

Our main goal is to educate and raise awareness throughout our beautiful country, starting with…
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Bev S
5.0 3 months ago
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 short term memory. I contacted the University last year and was able to enrol in this course at the appropriate time.

For me personally, the course was somewhat of a lifeline. I needed to get a better understanding of alzheimer's disease in particular but in Dementia …
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Anonymous
5.0 10 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…
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Ana C
5.0 3 years ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 10 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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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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 length - it made it very easy study wise as I was able to sit down to study and have a certain amount of pages I wanted to get through as I knew they would all take 15-20 minutes each.

My only negative thoughts would be that Unit 3, the last unit, felt rushed - e.g. I would have li…
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Sharyon B
5.0 4 years ago
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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Anonymous
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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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
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 information on how to better recognise, prepare & care for when face with this increasingly prevalence, challenging & debilitating illness.



I must and sincerely acknowledge the great work and efforts put together by so many dedicated people such as the academics…
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Deborah M
4.0 3 months ago
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 learning. I will certainly be enrolling for their follow up course on Preventing Dementia. I enjoyed the multi faceted presentation that included video clips of information sharing conversations, links to medical research papers and newspaper articles, a very well presented map to the bra…
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Jeanette J
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.
15 people found
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Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It was very useful to learn that dementia is a terminal condition, that the progressive destruction of the neurons (cells in the brain) and their connections will affect the whole functioning of a person causing dementia condition, that ageing is the mean factor but that there is also the young onset of dementia affecting people under 50 years old, that there is not cure for treating dementia but that care can promote quality of lifeof the person with demen and that, to look for that quality of life carers whether family members at home or carers at nursing home have to be proactive figuring…
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Jane M
5.0 4 years ago
Jane 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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Rebecca D
5.0 3 months ago
Rebecca completed this course.
Very informative course. I have been working in long term care for almost 20 years now and have been to several conferences on dementia over the years. The review of the brain was very well done and has helped me to explain in a simplified , understandable way what was happening to family member and why their mother was acting the way she was. I loved the practical application it gave me.

Since I work with people with advanced dementia on a daily basis I didn't expect to learn much new in this area but was really surprised to find a few real "nuggets" of new knowledge and diffe…
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Kristenandandrew C
5.0 4 years ago
Kristenandandrew 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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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Dementia MOOC was perfect for me being the carer of one suffering with the disease. It gave me a clear understanding of the causes, alerted me to the various changing patterns of the three stages of the disease and of the comforts and supports available to both sufferer and carer. I would recommend it to anyone no matter what age. I am in my 70s and whilst I can type, I have only a limited computer experience but was quite able to work around the sites... Topic presentation was superb - all aspects were clearly presented and I was amazed at the information I was able to absorb especia…
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