free online understanding dementia course July

Course Description

The Understanding Dementia MOOC was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre based in the College of Health and Medicine at the University of Tasmania. This world-leading online course is free, easily accessible and available to everyone with an interest in dementia.

The ageing of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of the public health issues of the 21st century. The MOOC curriculum addresses this health issue by drawing upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals from both within the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and beyond.

Since 2013, the Understanding Dementia  has received over 315,000 enrolments from all around the world. We invite you to join our community and learn about the diseases that cause dementia, how the condition affects the person with dementia, and how we can provide the best quality care.

Once the course commences, you will be able to log in to engage with the course content and activities, and share perspectives with other participants.

To get the most out of this experience, you should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week completing the course activities for the 7 weeks of scheduled content. The additional 3 weeks that the course is open is to allow you to catch up or revisit content.

You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace within this release schedule. This includes revisiting earlier released content as needed. 

Once you have completed the course, you will be eligible to download a free, personalised certificate of completion. We also offer paid enhanced certificates options in addition to the free certificate. There will be more information about this in the Completion module.

We look forward to your contribution, as an important member of the Understanding Dementia community.

Course Outline

The BrainThe Brain The Brain provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions. Nervous system anatomyAnatomy with Body CentralPathology of dementiaFuture directions of dementia research
The DiseasesThe Diseases The Diseases explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management. Difference between normal ageing and dementiaRisk factors for dementiaDomains of dementiaDiagnosis of dementiaYounger onset dementiaStages of dementia and focusing supportMedical management
The PersonThe Person The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies. Insidious onset of dementiaLiving with dementiaDementia palliationNon-pharmacological therapiesDementia and behavioursPain and dementiaAdvanced dementia symptoms and managementDementia friendly communitiesDementia inclusive design