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The Many Faces of Dementia

Gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses.

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The Many Faces of Dementia

Explore key issues in dementia care and research, through four less common forms

Dementia is one of the foremost priorities in global health and is estimated to affect over 44 million people worldwide. This has a huge impact on individuals and on society, so improvements in understanding, care and treatments are desperately needed. In this online course, you’ll discover key issues in dementia care and research. You’ll explore four less common forms of dementia, through the eyes of people affected by them. World-leading experts at UCL will show how research into the signs, stages, symptoms and causes of these forms can bring us closer to defeating dementia.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello my name is Nick Fox I direct the Dementia Research Centre at UCL's Institute of Neurology here at Queen Square in London. I'd like to talk to you about dementia. Dementia is the most pressing social and health problem of our time, has devastating consequences for the individual for their families and for society. Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of diseases that cause a progressive loss of thinking skills. Alzheimer's disease is by far the most common cause but there are many less well-known forms of dementia which affect thousands or millions of people but they're often under recognised.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds So how can we better understand dementia, how can we provide the support the care and the treatments that are desperately needed? On this four-week course you'll learn about dementia from a new perspective with world leading experts sharing their knowledge and importantly patients and carers sharing their candid personal accounts to demonstrate the symptoms and understand the challenges of living with these four less common forms of dementia. These are familial Alzheimer's disease behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and posterior cortical atrophy.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds Research into these forms of dementia has the power to help those affected and their families and as we'll show it can also provide unique insights into dementia in general. For example we'll talk to professors Martin Rossor and John Hardy who carried out prize-winning work finding the very first gene that causes the rare familial form of Alzheimer's disease. We'll show how these insights from familial Alzheimer's disease led to the design of new treatments with huge potential currently being trialled at UCL.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 seconds The course is designed to be suitable for anybody and we hope it will be particularly interesting for those who interact with people with dementia as part of their work and those whose families and friends are affected as well as students with an interest in dementia. By the time you've completed the course we hope you'll be able to apply your understanding of the different forms of dementia; symptoms, diagnosis, research and support to your personal and professional lives. So please sign up for this free 4 week course about dementia at UCL and learn from world leading experts, individuals, patients and their families and be part of the conversation about the challenge of our time, dementia.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Identify the range of symptoms that people experience as a result of less-common dementia diagnoses.
  • Explain how diagnoses of dementia differ in terms of the parts of the brain affected and the causes of changes in the brain.
  • Reflect upon the experience of people who are given a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Explore the role of scientific research in furthering our ability to care for and treat people with dementia.
  • Apply this knowledge to develop a broader understanding of the symptoms and experiences of people with more common forms of dementia.
  • Evaluate your own views and experiences, in comparison to those expressed by others.

Who is the course for?

The only requirement is an interest in dementia, its effects on people and the brain.
We hope that this course will be of particular interest to:

  • Anyone who works with people diagnosed with dementia
  • People who have a friend or family member who has dementia
  • People in the early stages of the disease
  • Students with an interest in learning more about dementia

Who will you learn with?

Tim Shakespeare

I'm an ARUK research fellow at the UCL Dementia Research Centre, and looking forward to sharing our perspective on dementia. With a psychology background, my PhD focused on Posterior Cortical Atrophy.

Susie Henley

I'm a Clinical and Research Psychologist working therapeutically, mainly with people and families with rare, young-onset or inherited dementias.

Jill Walton

Jill Walton is nurse coordinator of 5 young onset dementia support groups affiliated to UCL. She has over 25 years nursing experience and degrees in psychology and gerontology.

Who developed the course?

UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.

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You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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