Free Online University Course: Understanding Dementia

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University of Tasmania offers free course Understanding Dementia
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The University of Tasmania is offering a free online course, Understanding Dementia MOOC, starting February 16.

The seven-week Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) has unlimited enrolment and is available globally to those wanting to learn more about dementia. Professor Fran McInerney said the course is designed for easy access, driven by the growing impact of dementia worldwide.

“Dementia is a condition affecting a growing number of people worldwide as the global population ages,” Professor McInerney said.

“Anyone with an interest in dementia is welcome to participate, but especially those who care for people living with dementia, such as aged care workers and family members.”

Anyone Can Benefit from Understanding Dementia

“We have many aged care workers who have completed the UDMOOC, and many of these have gone on to pursue further dementia education with us in the Wicking Centre.

“The course also attracts people from a wide range of health and community settings as it is designed to enable participants to explore dementia at a variety of levels and share their knowledge and experience with others.

“We have a relatively small number of people living with dementia who also participate and they speak highly of the course and are most welcome.”

The non-award course suggests 3 hours of study time per week, with quizzes instead of assignments. It covers brain function, diseases that cause dementia, the effects of dementia on a person, and how to care for someone with dementia.

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