Why take the course

The course starts with the introduction of what dementia is and then moves on to the four basic forms of dementia and their causes. You’ll look at the signs and symptoms that could indicate dementia before learning how it’s diagnosed and why it’s so crucial to get a diagnosis early.

You will go on to explore the factors that may increase the risk of developing dementia and how to reduce them. The course concludes with the treatments available to individuals diagnosed with dementia including the need to adopt a person-centred approach.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain what is meant by the term ‘dementia’
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Differentiate dementia from other similar conditions
  • Explain why early diagnosis is important
  • Discuss what people can do to reduce their risk of developing dementia
  • Explain what is involved in ‘living well’
  • Discuss the importance of recognising what’s important to people
  • Discuss how dementia affects the person, their family and our wider society
  • Understand how to communicate effectively and compassionately with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand why a person with dementia might show signs of distress
  • Begin to respond effectively to people with dementia who have different communication needs
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