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

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

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Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD

Instructors: Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN


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No prior experience required
18 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module, we introduce learners to dementia. We present a socio-ecological framework for understanding the live experience of dementia and by which this course is organized. We discuss the global impact, pathophysiology, and stages of dementia.

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6 videos11 readings2 quizzes1 peer review

In this module, we focus on the impact of dementia for individuals. You will learn about common unmet needs of persons with dementia as well as the impact of core clinical features such as behavioral and psychological symptoms. Also, you will learn ways to support quality of life of a person with dementia.

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7 videos10 readings1 discussion prompt

In this module, we expand our lens to consider family caregivers’ needs. You will learn the psychosocial impact of caring for a person with dementia and the role of stress. We provide examples of how to reduce stress, use the physical environment to support care tasks and well-being, and examine the potential role of technologies to improve dementia care.

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7 videos12 readings2 quizzes

ln this module, we examine the community level. We discuss how the interprofessional team plays a key role in providing comprehensive dementia care. Also, we examine the concept of dementia-friendly communities and provide some examples from around the world.

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4 videos5 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this module, we provide an overview of national plans and policies. We identify elements of key plans and review the impact of such plans from a global perspective. You will also have the opportunity to develop an action plan that addresses an unmet need that you identify either in your home, community, or place of work.

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4 videos2 quizzes1 discussion prompt


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4.7 (75 ratings)
Nancy Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Johns Hopkins University
1 Course20,240 learners
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
1 Course20,240 learners

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