Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds CHRIS WAGSTAFF: My name is Chris Wagstaff, and I’m a senior lecturer in mental health nursing here at the University of Birmingham. I have over 20 years’ experience of working with people of a variety of different mental health problems. There are an estimated 44.4 million people in the world with dementia. In the UK alone, around 800,000 people have dementia. And as the population ages, this figure is expected to double by 2040.
Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds NUTMEG HALLETT: Though dementia is not a normal part of ageing. The risk does increase with age. And in the over 80s, 1 in 6 will have dementia. However, it does not only affect older people. And in the UK, around 15,000 people under the age of 65 also have dementia. The symptoms vary depending on the cause and the individual, but often include communication and motivation problems, memory loss, mood changes, and problems controlling behaviour. Hi, my name’s Nutmeg. I’m a postgraduate researcher, focusing on the prevention of violent and challenging behaviours.
Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds CHRIS WAGSTAFF: Many people with dementia will be cared for in their own homes, looked after by family members. This can cause high levels of stress and burden. Some symptoms can be challenging for careers. And this course aims to help people and enhance their understanding of the person they care for and develop some of the skills needed to manage challenging behaviours. This course will also build on the skills which healthcare professionals already have.
Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds NUTMEG HALLETT: This course will explore how a person-centred approach can help you understand the individual you’re caring for. We will help you provide care in a way that reduces or removes some of the challenging behaviours.
Skip to 2 minutes and 5 seconds CHRIS WAGSTAFF: Person-centred care is about putting the individual with dementia at the centre of everything that is done. It’s about understanding the perspective of the individual with dementia. It’s about valuing individuality. It’s about the importance of their relationships and their interactions with the environment and other people.
Skip to 2 minutes and 25 seconds NUTMEG HALLETT: The course is relevant for both carers of people with dementia and healthcare professionals.
Skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds CHRIS WAGSTAFF: The course will use case studies to explore the management of those behaviours that challenge in the home and in residential settings.
Skip to 2 minutes and 38 seconds NUTMEG HALLETT: We hope that by joining us, you’ll learn more about managing challenging behaviour in dementia. That you’ll improve the care you can give and improve the quality of life for dementia sufferers.