In this state of the art course we will be discussing the global challenge of living with dementia for individuals, their families, communities and society. We start by examining the brain of a person with dementia to provide a basic overview of disease pathology as well as current diagnostic criteria, the stages of dementia, and the trajectory of illness. Next, we consider the consequences of the disease for individuals and examine specific strategies for helping people remain engaged and with quality of life. We then focus on the impact of the disease on family members, communities and societies at large. Theoretical and practical frameworks are discussed to help inform ways to support and care for individuals "living with" dementia and their caregivers.
Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of patients, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will acquire in this five-week course foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders. Through course exercises and on-line discussions with others, you will have the opportunity to identify the prevalence of dementia in your country, consider the resources available to advance a meaningful approach to support families contending with this disease, and exchange ideas concerning care strategies in various settings such as the home, community and social service agencies, hospitals or other clinical settings.