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Caring for Caregivers: Empowering Those Who Care For Older Persons

Learn how to reduce stress in your role as a caregiver of older people to help improve your wellbeing and provide better care.

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Caring for Caregivers: Empowering Those Who Care For Older Persons

462 enrolled on this course

  • 3 weeks

  • 2 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore the challenges of ageing and caregiving

In an ageing population, issues relating to older people will increase, putting more strain on caregivers of older people.

Whether you’re a formal caregiver in an institution or an informal carer for a family member, caring for older people can impact your physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

On this three-week course, you’ll learn crucial stress management techniques to improve your wellbeing and the care you give.

By the end, you’ll know how to provide better care for older people and yourself.

Learn to spot the signs of caregiver stress

Knowing how to spot the signs of stress is key in helping to prevent burnout.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn how to identify the signs of caregiver stress to ensure you are not neglecting yourself.

You’ll explore stress indicators such as prolonged fatigue, change in appetite, and physical and mental burnouts.

Discover tips for stress management

With an understanding of the signs of stress, you’ll learn the techniques to help with stress management.

You’ll cover a broad range of tips to help you take better care of yourself – from daily routines and the importance of rest to more specific issues such as managing your finances.

Learn from the experts at Universiti Malaya

Throughout the course, you’ll be guided by the specialists at the Universiti Malaya.

With their expertise in the research and training of caregivers, you’ll finish the course with the knowledge and skills to take better care of yourself and older people.

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  • Week 1

    About ageing and caregiving

    • Course Overview

      This is a 2-week course. We will learn about ageing, caregiving responsibilities, and caregiver stress management.

    • The ageing process

      When it comes to ageing, we need to understand the inevitable changes that everyone is facing. Learning or being a caregiver helps us to discover more about the phases of life.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Caregivers are an important source of support for seniors in a rapidly ageing population, meeting most of their needs. Caring for a loved one can affect their social life, income, employment, and educational opportunities.

  • Week 2

    Taking good care of ourselves as caregiver

    • Becoming a good caregiver

      There is no magic pill in providing care. Caregivers must learn, understand, and practice the skills required to provide the best possible care.

    • Caring for ourselves

      Focuses on the importance of self-care, emphasizing that taking care of oneself is crucial to providing quality care to others.

    • Weekly wrap up

      Taking good care of ourselves can provide better care and support to those in our care. Remember, self-care is not selfish but necessary for maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

  • Week 3

    Caregivers' challenges in supporting journey

    • Recognising caregiver stress

      This highlights the importance of recognising caregiver stress on both the caregiver and the older persons.

    • Navigating caregiver stress

      This highlights the impact of caregiver stress on both the caregiver and the older persons.

    • Weekly wrap up

      By understanding the signs and symptoms of stress, seeking support from others, practicing self-care, and accessing available resources, caregivers can effectively manage and reduce stress levels.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the signs and effects of stress in caring for older adults
  • Evaluate the different aspects and qualities of being a good caregiver
  • Develop strategies to manage stress for self, other caregivers, and older adults.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who is a caregiver of older people – whether in a professional or personal setting.

As we move towards an aged nation, caregivers of older persons are highly valued and in-demand skills in our society.

Who will you learn with?

Noran Hairi is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health. She is best known for her work on epidemiology of ageing and ageing-related issues such as physical disability and sarcopenia

Dr Farizah Mohd Hairi is a Public Health Physician at the University of Malaya. Dedicated to teaching, research, and community outreach, she remains committed to advancing public health.

Claire is currently teaching in the University of Malaya. Her research passion is on topics related to older persons and children. Claire is also a caregiver for her 80-year old mother.

Project Officer for e-Learning at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Malaya.

Who developed the course?

Universiti Malaya

Universiti Malaya is the premier research university in Malaysia, committed to advancing knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity.

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    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • World ranking

    Top 60Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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