This online course explores a range of strategies for working with people living with dementia who experience stress or express distress, which may be due to multiple factors including unmet needs, an altered world view, or difficulty communicating.
This course will provide you with a series of interactive online learning materials to work through at your own pace at times that suit you and inlcudes a live Q&A session with the course leader. The course will take approximately 8 hours to complete, but this may vary depending on reading speed. The content will be available for you to complete for six weeks from the course start date.
You will have an opportunity to learn about a range of approaches to supporting people living with dementia, which are likely to help improve communication, and subsequently reduce episodes of stress and distress. The strategies discussed on this course will include those relating to internal and external stressors experienced by the person with dementia, and often by health and social care professionals or family carers supporting them. You will also have an opportunity to learn about a range of approaches to enhancing their understanding of, and communication with, people living with dementia. The approaches discussed on this course will focus on the different ways in which dementia can affect communication through physical changes in the brain, as well as social, psychological and emotional changes which can exacerbate the effects of these.