In this free online course you’ll discover some of the key issues in dementia care and research by exploring four less common forms of dementia through the eyes of people affected by the condition, and world-leading experts at UCL.

What will the coufamily around tablerse cover?

The course aims to give people a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. We cover four different types of dementia; familial Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and posterior cortical atrophy. For each of the topics we’ll cover the symptoms and how the syndromes are diagnosed in interviews with leading neurologists and psychiatrists at UCL. We’ll also look at the personal impact of the syndromes through interviews with people affected and their families. The course also gives the opportunity to learn about current research taking place at UCL, for example learners will find out about a study investigating how environmental adaptations could help improve independence, and a treatment trial testing a new drug with people who have familial Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to covering the four lesser-known forms of dementia, we’ll also be considering what understanding those forms of dementia can tell us about more common diagnoses.

Who is it aimed at?

The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in dementia, it could be healthcare professionals, people in the early stages of dementia, people who have a family member or friend who has dementia, or anyone else who’s interested to explore this topic. The course is designed to promote social learning; each step has a comments section, so people can contribute their thoughts on the topic. There are people with lots of different kinds of experience of dementia signing up already, so we hope there will be lots of interesting discussion alongside the course with people learning from each other as well as from the course content.

How long is it for?

The course will run for four weeks, with about 2 hours of learning material each week. It is very flexible as once a learner has signed up they can complete the steps of the course and get involved in discussions about the learning at their leisure. If you’ve signed up the content will be available to you for as long as you want, so you can always come back to the course to finish it off, even after the four weeks are up.

For further information, view the course trailer.