Certificate of Achievement

Sandra Spruce

has completed the following course:

Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

Newcastle University

This online course explored ways to connect and care for people living with dementia. Course topics included understanding dementia and the person, recognising good communication, recognising challenging behaviour and supporting insights for future innovations.

4 weeks, 2 hours per week

Dr. Lynne Corner

Director of Engagement, Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Dementia Innovation Hub

Newcastle University


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the different forms of dementia including the distinctive characteristics of dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Explore the communication challenges affecting carers of people with dementia
  • Improve strategies for verbal and non-verbal communication between carers and people with dementia
  • Explain how to handle challenging situations that can cause carer stress
  • Contribute to ideas for innovation and better communication


  • Changing understandings of dementia
  • Types and symptoms of dementia
  • Structure and functions of the brain
  • Characteristics of dementia with Lewy bodies
  • On-going inner life and the concept of personhood
  • Understanding communication (channels, modes and contexts)
  • Reflecting on the caring role (experiences, stresses and self-compassion)
  • Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and the concept of ‘time shift’
  • Understanding the communication challenges of dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Reflecting on caring at a distance
  • Activities of daily living and dementia (focusing on mealtimes and using the bathroom)
  • Understanding challenging behaviour
  • Identifying unmet need
  • Avoiding confrontation
  • Exploring assistive technologies to improve communication
  • Sharing insights to support future care innovations

Issued on 12th June 2016

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Free online course:

Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

Newcastle University