The brain and dementia
Certificate of Completion
This module introduces you to the changes that occur in the brain of a person with dementia and the impact of these changes on the person.
Suitable for people working in:
Respite Care , Community Care , Residential Care
This module is part of the course:
The view from here (residential care)
The brain and dementia
In this module describe what is meant by dementia, different types and the prevalence of dementia.
We examine the changes that occur in the brain in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.
The bulk of the module focuses on how dementia-related damage to particular regions of the brain affects brain function. We look at how this relates to a person's cognitive difficulties and responses, in the residential care setting.
In the last part of the module we consider how symptoms of dementia and responsive behaviours may manifest in a person in care settings.
On completion of this module you should be able to:
Describe the basic functions of different parts of the brain
Identify how dementia-related damage to the brain may impact on the person and their responses
Continuing Professional Education
A completion certificate for CPD credit is awarded upon successful completion of this module.
The View from Here: Skills in Aged & Community Dementia Care has been adapted from the nine-module course, The View from Here: Skills in Dementia Care for Acute Settings based on the Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre (QLD DTSC) education program*.
The View from Here: Skills in Dementia Care for Acute Settings online course was developed by:
Metro South Health
Sandra Jeavons, Elizabeth Miles and Prof Elizabeth Beattie, Dementia Training Australia, QUT
The View from Here: Skills in Aged & Community Dementia Care was adapted by:
Prof Elizabeth Beattie
Dr Margaret MacAndrew
The View from Here was developed with funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.
* Nayton, K., Fielding, E., Brooks, D., Graham, F. A., & Beattie, E. (2014). Development of an education program to improve care of patients with dementia in an acute care setting. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(12), 552-558. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/00220124-20141023-04
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