5-Week Online Course in Dementia Care and Webinars Afterward


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5-Week Online Course in Dementia Care and Webinars Afterward

Postby Robin » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:29 pm

This will be of interest to those of you dealing with dementia.

Several local support group members sent me a link to an article from yesterday's "New Old Age" blog in the New York Times. (I faithfully read this blog as well.) The article is about an online course in dementia care being offered at no charge. The course starts on October 14, 2013, runs for 5 weeks, and is anticipated to take 3-5 hours per week of time. Though the course is designed for healthcare professionals, anyone interested in dementia care may enroll. "Some background or knowledge about caring for someone with dementia is helpful," the co-instructors say in an introductory video. Based on the title, it looks like the focus will be on Alzheimer's Disease.

Here's info about the course:


http://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare

Care of Elders with Alzheimer's Disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders
Instructors: Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN and Laura Gitlin, PhD, both with Johns Hopkins University

This is a state-of-the-art course designed to accommodate the learning needs of health professionals including nurses, social workers, psychologists, occupational and speech therapists, health care administrators and recreational therapists. It is also intended for students who are interested in learning more about dementia care. The 5 units provide an overview of Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias and the impact on quality-of-life issues for individuals with dementia and their families. Emphasis will be placed on exploring innovations in care through an ecological model of dementia-care throughout the trajectory of the disorder

Workload: 3-5 hours/week

Begins: Oct 14th 2013 (5 weeks long)

At the link above, you can watch a 3-minute video introducing the course.


You may want to check out the link below to the "New Old Age" blog post from yesterday's NY Times as it contains some useful details about the course and the instructors. The blog post notes that each class will be broken into 15-20 minute segments. During the week of October 21st, Dr. Peter Rabins, author of "The 36-Hour Day," will talk about assessing caregivers' needs. During the week of November 6th, Dr. Gitlin will review non-pharmacologic interventions to treat troublesome behavioral symptoms. "After the course, Johns Hopkins will offer a series of Web-based seminars to caregivers and health professionals following up in more detail on the issues raised. Potential topics include safety in the home, activities for people with dementia and end-of-life care."

Both the course and the follow-on webinars sound very worthwhile. I don't know if those actively caregiving can fit 3-5 hours per week into their lives, however.

Robin
http://www.brainsupportnetwork.org



newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/

The New Old Age: Caring and Coping
The New York Times
September 5, 2013, 6:00 am

Online Lessons in Dementia Management
By Judith Graham

Recently, someone dear to me received the diagnosis of dementia, and I've been grappling with the frustrations of helping her adapt.

What kinds of activities are available to help someone with dementia remain engaged and active in the community? Which professionals can comprehensively assess a family's situation and suggest solutions? Who can help caregivers when a loved one who's cognitively challenged and depressed meets every suggestion with apathy or resistance? ....
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