The Many Faces of Dementia

This online course enables you to gain a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses of dementia, the people involved and the implications of these for our wider understanding.

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.

Core topics covered in the course include:

  • the symptoms and science behind familial Alzheimer’s disease
  • behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia
  • dementia with Lewy bodies and posterior cortical atrophy

Access the course at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/faces-of-dementia

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • 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.

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

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