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Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

A course for carers, to help you stay connected to loved ones, manage stress at home and defuse difficult situations.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

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Why join the course?

If you are a carer for a person living with dementia then this is a course for you.

When it comes to understanding and supporting a person living with dementia, family carers are very often the most skilled and knowledgeable. Yet, you will know that carers can face a number of really stressful situations that can be difficult to deal with.

Get advice on connecting with and caring for someone with dementia

This course will provide you with knowledge and advice that can help you connect with and care for someone living with dementia. We will focus on everyday experiences that are seen as particularly challenging and stressful, such as combining employment with caring for someone living with dementia.

Newcastle University has great expertise in ageing and dementia research. We specialise in understanding dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), so this course will shine a light on some of the stressful symptoms and communication problems associated with this condition, as well as covering the challenges of other types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.

Meet other dementia carers and academic experts

Over the three weeks, you will meet other carers and academic experts who have developed strategies and practical steps that can improve communication - something which is crucially important for building and maintaining relationships, and for effectively negotiating daily life.

By the end of the course, you will develop a new understanding of:

  • the brain and different types of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB);
  • what a person with dementia is experiencing;
  • challenging situations and behaviours that can cause carer stress;
  • strategies for improving verbal and non-verbal communication.
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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsDementia is a global challenge. With a rapidly-aging population, more of us will experience dementia either ourselves or have family members and friends who are living with dementia. Some estimates suggest that by 2030 there will be nearly 75 million people living with dementia across the world. I'm Dr. Lynne Corner from Newcastle University, and on this course, we'll explore together more about just why dementia matters. Here at Newcastle University, we are world leading in our research into dementia with Lewy bodies, the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease. We'll talk about some of the stressful symptoms that people with dementia and their carers live with, including memory loss, difficulty finding words, experiencing visual hallucinations, fluctuating attention, and sleep disturbance.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsThe nature of dementia means that things we take for granted in our everyday life, such as having a conversation, or expressing what's important to us, what we enjoy, what we want to do, can be really difficult. We'll exchange practical tips and positive strategies with experts in communication and dementia to help us as carers, friends, and family identify and understand what a person with dementia might be experiencing. Our aim is to improve communication and help us build and maintain relationships and connections that are just so fundamental to all our well being and happiness. You'll be able to actively bring your own experiences, insights, and ideas and discuss and debate these issues with your fellow learners and experts throughout the course.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsSo please join us. Sign up for this course as we discover together how to stay connected and live well with dementia.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • 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

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for the family, friends and carers of people with dementia.

Who will you learn with?

Lynne Corner

Director of Engagement at Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and Faculty of Medical Sciences. I direct the Dementia Innovation Hub and VOICENorth - actively involving the public in our work.

Who developed the course?

A thriving international community of over 20,000 students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $69 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.

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