Dementia: What it is and what it isn’t
Dementia e-learning course
Published: 2009 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible
This course module is one of a series of e-learning modules as part of our Dementia e-learning course, which provides a general introduction to dementia aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia.
This module covers:
- views of dementia in the media
- facts and common misconceptions about dementia
- common symptoms, clinical terminology and causes of symptoms.
On completion of this learning module you will be able to:
- challenge some common myths and negative attitudes about dementia
- describe what dementia is
- list common signs and symptoms of dementia
- describe some of the complex difficulties people with dementia face and some causes of these difficulties
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Access the e-Learning course module
Estimated online study time: 20 minutes
This e-Learning course module is free to use, however to access the course you will need a free MySCIE account:
All SCIE resources are free to download, however to access the following downloads you will need a free MySCIE account:
- Printable version: Module 1: What it is and what it isn't
- SCORM 1.2 version: Module 1: What it is and what it isn't
- SCORM 2004 version: Module 1: What it is and what it isn't
- Open Dementia E-learning programme QCF mapping
- Glossary: Open Dementia Programme
Modules of this course
- What it is and what it isn’t
- Living with dementia
- What causes dementia
- Diagnosis and who can help
- Common difficulties and how to help
- The emotional impact of dementia
- Positive communication
Who they are suitable forOpen
The programme will therefore be suitable for care home staff (carers, administrative and managerial staff), domiciliary care workers, registered general, mental and district nurses, general and acute hospital staff, allied health care professionals, social workers, ambulance service staff, community support workers (meals on wheels, transport services) and family carers.
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Please note these courses are provided free of charge on an ‘as seen’ basis. Although SCIE’s courses have been used over many years with almost no reported problems, SCIE cannot provide technical support for their implementation or to investigate or fix any reported technical problems, nor does it warrant that they are fully compliant with all or any technical platform.
Any known issue with an individual course is noted on the opening page of that course.
These course was developed using a technology called Adobe Flash, which is not compatible with any Apple/Android platform, and may not work on any mobile device.
About the authorsOpen
Buz Loveday is the lead trainer of Dementia Trainers (www.dementiatrainers.co.uk). With a background in statutory and voluntary sector social care provision, Buz has been a full-time dementia trainer since 1991. From '05 to '07 she delivered a nationwide programme of training on dementia to Inspectors from CSCI. She provides dementia training for a number of London boroughs, as well as a large number of private and voluntary sector organisations. Buz runs the Dementia Care Trainers' Programme, an accredited course for new dementia trainers. She and her team also deliver other accredited dementia training through their approved Open College Network learning centre.
Buz is co-author, with Tom Kitwood, of the training manual 'Improving Dementia Care: A Resource for Training and Professional Development' published by the Journal of Dementia Care. She is currently co-writing the new Alzheimer's Society training pack. Buz is a qualified 'Dementia Care Mapping' evaluator, NVQ assessor and person-centred counsellor, and all the team members are Alzheimer's Society Approved Trainers.
The mission of Dementia Trainers is to raise awareness and understanding, to improve skills, to increase insight into the needs of people with dementia, and to promote a positive, person-centred approach towards their care.
Having lived in community with young people with learning disabilities in Latin America and after an intense experience of being a full time carer, Damian then spent the next 8 years in the field of learning disability nursing before an interest in older people with learning disabilities led him to move into the field of dementia care. Damian spent two years as an independent advocate for people with dementia in an acute hospital setting before joining the Alzheimer’s Society in 2003. He has spent the last 5 years in the Louth branch in Lincolnshire, developing branch support services and coordinating a home respite service. He completed a dementia studies degree with the Bradford Dementia Group and was also given a CSIP positive practice award for his exploratory relationship-centred work with couples. As a training project manager with the Quality Care Team he is currently leading on the Dementia Champions™ project.
SCIE would like to thank the following organisations and people:
- The Alzheimer’s Society for kindly giving SCIE permission to use footage from their two video publications ‘In their own words’ and ‘Tomorrow is another day’ To obtain further information about these DVDs, please visit: http://www.alzheimers.org.uk
- Guild Care and Linfield Care Home who feature on three of the video clips taken from ‘Tomorrow is another day’.
- Our peer reviewers: Trevor Adams (University of Surrey), Gwen Coleman (Alzheimer’s Society), Pat Virji (Jewish care) and Simon Burrow (Trent Dementia Services Development Centre)
- Everyone who took part in our user trials (Jackie Derrick, Hazel Relph, Julie Watts, Elizabeth Riordan, Hope Ogida, Janet Baylis, Claudine Davies, Christine Edgington, Sharon Cruz, Denise Raper, Matthew Martin).
Programming and graphic design by Cimex Ltd.
Learning Management System compatibleOpen
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This e-learning resource has been designed to be accessible to the widest audience possible and reviewed for compliance to accessibility standards by the Digital Media Access Group at the University of Dundee. This page lists some of the features used to make the resources easier to use. If you are experiencing problems using the resources, or have any questions and comments about their accessibility, please let us know.
Using the resources without a mouse
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Accessing the resources with a screen reader
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Images and audioOpen
The majority of the images and voices used in this resource are those of actors. This approach has been adopted to protect the identities of the service users and carers whose accounts have been drawn upon or the accounts have been based on situations indicative of the events or issues being covered.