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Dementia Awareness

Course Overview

This course will enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in order to use a person-centred approach in the care and support of individuals with dementia. The course provides the key features of the theoretical models of dementia and the most common types of dementia and their causes. It also covers the factors relating to an individual's experience of dementia.

Course Outcomes

The learning outcomes for this course are:

  • What dementia is
  • What is meant by the term 'dementia';
  • The key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia;
  • Why depression, delirium and age-related memory impairment may be mistaken for dementia.
  • Key features of the theoretical models of dementia
  • The medical model of dementia;
  • The social model of dementia;
  • Why dementia should be viewed as a disability.
  • The most common types of dementia and their causes
  • The most common causes of dementia;
  • The likely signs and symptoms of the most common causes of dementia;
  • The risk factors for the most common causes of dementia;
  • Prevalence rates for different types of dementia.
  • Factors relating to an individual's experience of dementia
  • How different individuals may experience living with dementia depending on age, type of dementia, and level of ability and disability;
  • The impact that the attitudes and behaviours of others may have on an individual with dementia.

This Dementia Awareness course has been mapped to the learning outcomes for QCF unit: DEM201.