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Free online course in “Foundations in Dementia” is available for professional and family carers

Thursday 28 May 2020

A free online course that provides dementia carers with tools and advice to better support the people they care for is now open for registration.

The eight-week course, Foundations in Dementia, run by FutureLearn for the University of Nottingham, is open to both the general public and professionals, and will explore the signs and symptoms of dementia, interventions, support networks and more.

The University’s online programme, which has contributions from 30 University dementia experts as well as family carers, offers those taking the course to learn to understand people with dementia and to care appropriately as a professional or family supporter. The course spans six topics, from prevention and diagnosis to end of life care, as well as offering insights from recent research.

It is the second time the course has been run after launching in January this year, with 3,500 people registering worldwide following its launch, ranging from nurses, people living with dementia and their families, care workers and health and social care students.

By engaging with the resources, which includes about 30 videos, and exchanging views with others, those taking the course will gain knowledge, skills, and confidence in dealing with people with dementia. Key achievements will include the ability to:

•        Identify how lifestyle changes may reduce the risk of dementia

•        Assess the signs and symptoms that may indicate dementia and describe the pathway to diagnosis and treatment

•        Identify communication approaches which can support the person with dementia to communicate their needs

•        Compare the impact of different interventions including medication and psychosocial approaches.

•        Understand the needs of a person with advanced dementia and respond well.

Course organisers suggest it will best suit health and social care professionals, such as nurses, doctors, therapists and social workers and will also interest students, carers of people with dementia, individuals with a recent diagnosis, volunteers, and dementia researchers.

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