Dementia e-learning course

Published: 2009 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible

This dementia e-learning course is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with it. This course is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and includes a considerable amount of  video footage shot by both the Alzheimer’s Society and SCIE where people with dementia and their carers share their views and feelings on camera.

Course modules

What it is and what it isn’t

Covers: Views of dementia in the media; Facts and common misconceptions about dementia; Common symptoms, clinical terminology and causes of symptoms.

Living with dementia

Covers: The person with dementia as a unique individual; The importance of knowing their background and life history; Abilities people with a dementia retain in spite of the difficulties they face; How dementia impacts on families, friends and community and the support that is needed.

What causes dementia

Covers: The different types of dementia and the key characteristics of each; The different areas of the brain and how dementia affects these areas; Factors that are known to increase or lessen the risk of dementia.

Diagnosis and who can help

Covers: The process of diagnosis and its impact; Help and support available, key professional roles and skills and multidisciplinary support services; Anti-dementia drugs and non-pharmacological treatments.

Common difficulties and how to help

Covers: How dementia affects each individual differently; Four common areas of difficulty faced by people with dementia; Practical strategies to assist with difficulties; Difficulties faced by people with dementia not caused by damage to the brain, but by other factors.

The emotional impact of dementia

Covers: The emotional dimension of dementia; The importance of effective strategies to help people experiencing difficult emotions; Explore a range of situations where we can have a major impact on a person with dementia through our actions.

Positive communication

Covers: Helping a person with dementia understand our message; Helping a person with dementia make themselves understood; Communicating with people experiencing a different reality; The importance of non-verbal communication.


All SCIE resources are free to download, however to access the following downloads you will need a free MySCIE account:

Available downloads:

  • Open Dementia E-learning programme QCF mapping
  • Glossary: Open Dementia Programme

Course details