A free guidebook to making a sensory room for dementia sufferers.


I found these MOOCs and materials on a variety of sites (, FutureLearn, Coursera, Class Central and the schools own sites) so I attached the link to each one.

Go to the platform to see if the course is grandfathered and running on demand or being launched further into the year.  Some schools run MOOCS repeatedly, others allow access to grandfathered course content.

 This is an Australian university, they run Two free courses on Dementia and office continuing education credit.  The university of Tasmania also has one of the few dementia study programs at the undergraduate level that allows an individual to get either a certificate, and associates degree, or a bachelors degree with a focus on dementia., a website dev to supporting health care provider, caregiver and those with aging related issues, including dementia and aphasi.  Healthy aging and longevity is al addresse.

Better Conversations with Aphasia START ANY TIME, LEARN AT OWN PACE

University College London with Suzanne Beeke

Better Conversations with Aphasia is a free e-learning resource to improve access to conversation therapy for speech and language therapists/pathologists (SLTs), and for people with aphasia (PWA) and their families. Aphasia is a language disorder commonly caused by stroke that affects speaking, listening, reading and writing, and as a result everyday conversations can become difficult.

SLTs will learn how to do conversation therapy, have access to a complete therapy programme, interactive learning materials, and advice from experienced clinicians. PWA and their families will find out what conversation therapy is, what other PWA think of it, and be able to reflect on whether it is right for them. Video and audio materials are at the heart of the resource. Healthcare workers and medics who deal with people with aphasia and their family members will learn how aphasia affects everyday conversation, what conversation therapy is, and the evidence base for its efficacy.


Dementia: Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour STARTS MAY 9th, enroll by that date

University of Birmingham with  Christopher Wagstaff

If you are a carer looking after a family member with dementia in your own home or a professional working with people with dementia, this free online course will help you better understand the person and develop the skills needed to manage their challenging behaviour.

Understand and manage challenging behaviour

The symptoms of dementia vary (depending on the cause and the individual), but often include memory loss, mood changes, communication and motivation problems, a reduced ability to plan and problems with controlling their own behaviour.

Some symptoms, such as restlessness, agitation and communication difficulties, can be challenging for you as a carer, and this can cause you high levels of stress and burden.

Learn from other dementia carers and academic experts

Dr Alison Coates is a dual-trained adult and mental health nurse and has experience of working in a range of different clinical environments. She is the author of the textbook ‘Nursing Older People’ and currently works at the University of Birmingham teaching mental health nursing with a focus on older adults. Dr Chris Wagstaff has experience of working in a variety of different clinical environments over the past 25 years and has taught widely about a number of different mental health issues. Nutmeg Hallett has a background in forensic nursing, is currently undertaking PhD research investigating violence prevention in clinical settings and is a lecturer in mental health nursing.

In this course, we will use case studies to explore these challenging behaviours and find out how other carers manage them both at home and in a residential care setting. You will explore how using a person-centred approach can reduce challenging behaviours. We will cover specific interventions that can help you, particularly focusing on de-escalation skills.


The Many Faces of Dementia  STARTS MARCH 14TH, ENROLL BY THEN.

University College London   with  Tim Shakespeare

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 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. We’ll show how research into the signs, stages, symptoms and causes of less common forms can bring us closer to the aim of defeating dementia.

A unique insight

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of diseases, all causing a progressive loss of our ability to think, feel and perceive by affecting how the brain functions. In the four weeks of this course we’ll investigate four forms of dementia that are important to understand better in their own right (they’re often not well recognised), but can also provide important insights that change how we think about dementia in general.

Week 1 – What if dementia runs in the family?
Explore the challenges that face families - and ground-breaking research taking place - with people affected by familial Alzheimer’s disease, where the condition runs in the family and often starts at a young age.

Week 2 – What if dementia affects behaviour and personality?
Dementia is not just about memory loss – we investigate the particular challenges for diagnosis and care for people with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia.

Week 3 – What if dementia makes you see things that aren’t there?
Some people with dementia experience hallucinations, and many describe fluctuations in their symptoms over time. These aspects are particularly clear in dementia with Lewy bodies, which you’ll learn about in Week 3.

Week 4 – What if dementia affects your vision, not your memory? People with posterior cortical atrophy experience changes in the way the brain processes visual information; we’ll explore this condition and the research taking place to help people live better with visual impairment related to dementia.

Learn from dementia experts, experts by experience and each other

This course is presented by experts from the UCL Institute of Neurology and Division of Psychiatry who are highly regarded for their work as scientists and clinicians. Importantly, you’ll hear from people who have been diagnosed with dementia, and people who care for a family member with dementia to get a better understanding of the impact that a diagnosis of dementia brings.

You’ll be able to understand how dementia affects people by watching video interviews, look deeper into the topics by reading articles, interact through activities and questions, and also learn from others on the course by taking part in the discussions that accompany each step. You can join the conversation now by signing up and visiting the welcome page.

This course was created, and is led by Dr Tim Shakespeare, Alzheimer’s Research UK Fellow at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology.

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Understanding Dementia runs twice a year ,  dates to be confirmed, GO TO WEBSITE TO SIGN UP AND BE NOTIFIED WHEN IT STARTS.  U of Tasmania also has an online Associates Degree and Batchelores Degree in Dementia Studies.

University of Tasmania  with  Prof Fran McInerney

Class Central Course Rank
#1 in Subjects > Health & Medicine
#1 in Subjects > Health & Medicine > Disease & Disorders

This is a course about dementia looking at a broad range of topics including, basic brain anatomy, pathology, dementia research, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, medical management, living with dementia, progression and staging, palliation, behaviours and therapeutic approaches.

In response to the recent dramatic rise in the global incidence of dementia and the subsequent need for quality dementia education, this course is designed to provide understanding to improve the quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.

The 9-week curriculum is divided into three units: ‘the brain’, ‘the diseases’ and ‘the person’. It covers a range of topics including basic brain anatomy, pathology, dementia research, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, medical management, living with dementia, progression and staging, palliation, behaviours and therapeutic approaches.

The content is delivered by 12 experts in the field of dementia including neuroscientists, health scientists, clinicians, dementia care professionals and people living with dementia.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage with the material via video clips, activities, games, scenarios and quizzes. Furthermore, they will have an opportunity to meet an international network of peers online to discuss the key issues surrounding dementia.

Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia STARTS MARCH 7TH, REGISTER BY THEN.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are currently 35.6 million people living with dementia, a number which will double by 2030 and triple by 2050 (WHO, 2012). Dementia has already had a significant impact on society, and this will only increase.

It is important for society to understand the challenges of living with dementia as well as to understand the importance of the correct care for people with dementia.

This course will look at the global challenge of dementia. It focuses on integrative collaboration and partnership working to reduce barriers between services and to provide seamless care for people living with dementia.

Start dates

7th March 2016


2 hours per week for 6 weeks

Mode of Study 100% online course, no campus attendance required

Cost Free

Registration opens 27 January 2016

Intended audience Suitable for anyone interested in dementia or for carers of people with dementia

Delivery method Through Canvas Network, the second largest MOOCs provider in the world.


Learner should have an understanding of English language and the ability to study in English


Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies



In this state of the art course we will be discussing the global challenge of living with dementia for individuals, their families, communities and society.  We start by examining the brain of a person with dementia to provide a basic overview of disease pathology as well as current diagnostic criteria, the stages of dementia, and the trajectory of illness. Next, we consider the consequences of the disease for individuals and examine specific strategies for helping people remain engaged and with quality of life. We then focus on the impact of the disease on family members, communities and societies at large.  Theoretical and practical frameworks are discussed to help inform ways to support and care for individuals "living with" dementia and their caregivers.

Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of patients, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will acquire in this five-week course foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders. Through course exercises and on-line discussions with others, you will have the opportunity to identify the prevalence of dementia in your country, consider the resources available to advance a meaningful approach to support families contending with this disease, and exchange ideas concerning care strategies in various settings such as the home, community and social service agencies, hospitals or other clinical settings


WEEK I: The Brain

  • Framework of Dementia 
  • Global impact of dementia 
  • History of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias 
  • Pathophysiology of Dementia
  • The New Trajectory of Dementia
  • The Challenge of Diagnosis

WEEK 2: The Person

  • Personhood of Individuals with Dementia 
  • Unmet Needs
  • Unmet Needs: Continuum of Needs of Persons with Dementia and Potential Interventions 
  • Behaviors, Trajectory and Change Over Time of Dementia
  • Assessing the Role of the Home and Community Environment in Supporting Families Living with Dementia
  • Activity for Persons with Dementia 
  • Palliative Care 
  • Pharmacological Treatment Options 

WEEK 3: The Caregiving and the Home Environment  

  • Family Unmet Needs
  • Psychosocial Processes 
  • Environmental Model 
  • The Role of Technology in Dementia Care

WEEK 4: The Community Level 

  • Dementia Friendly Communities 
  • It Takes a Team: The Role of the Interprofessional Team in a Collaborative Care Model

WEEK 5: Overview of National Plans and Policies 

  • National Plans and Policies 
  • Assessing Dimensions of Comprehensive Dementia Care 
  • Q & A "Ask us anything"



VIA University

 with  Lilli Dam and Karen Pallesgaard Munk

This is a course primarily meant for people who have a relative suffering from dementia or who suspect dementia in a relative. However, people working professionally in the field can also benefit from the course – especially by obtaining an understanding of the perspectives of the relative of a demented person.

The structure of the course follows the progression of the diseases of dementia – from the first suspicion of something being wrong to the fatal end.

The course will provide knowledge on the four most common types of dementia diseases: Alzheimer’s dementia, Multi Infarct dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, and Lewy Body dementia.



Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care

Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest sources of fear for the elderly. This free course, Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care, discusses the role of social workers and care staff in supporting individuals through the transition, and how residential environments affect quality of life.

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • recognise some key factors which determine the way people experience and manage transitions;

  • identify elements of good practice for supporting people through transitions;

  • discuss how care environments can promote service users’ identity, strengths and autonomy;

    Moving into a care home can have a profound emotional impact on an individual just the anticipation of residential care is one of the biggest sources of fear for the elderly. This free course, Ageing and disability: Transitions into residential care, discusses the role of social workers and care staff in supporting individuals through the transition, and how residential environments affect quality of life.

    By the end of this free course you should be able to:

Information on financial planning for families and caregivers of those suffering from dementia in the US can be found at

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