University of Toronto
Knowledge and Skills for Dementia Care: the SSLD Approach
University of Toronto

Knowledge and Skills for Dementia Care: the SSLD Approach

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A. Ka Tat Tsang

Instructor: A. Ka Tat Tsang


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Beginner level
No prior experience required
29 hours to complete
3 weeks at 9 hours a week
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There are 7 modules in this course

This course aims to inform learners about the continuum of senior services and support, from community care to in-home support to long-term care across various contexts, including, private caregiving community services, and institutionalized residential care. Course components are designed to equip learners with a conceptual foundation regarding dementia and dementia care. Upon the completion of this course, learners will possess a holistic understanding of the needs of older adults living with dementia, and will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enhance their competency in performing dementia care.

What's included

51 videos8 readings11 quizzes

This module will cover the important role optimism plays in dementia care. Learners will study the core concepts of the SSLD system, including, the N3C-6D formulation and its applications in everyday caregiving for people living with dementia. Learners will further study the concepts of "ageing in place" and the basic principles of how to design living spaces to adequately meet the needs of older adults living with dementia.

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44 videos3 readings5 quizzes

In this module, learners will study the nature of ageism, its various forms, and its manifestations in everyday life. Learners will build on this foundation by studying different ways to counter ageist practises in different care settings. This module will also cover the general principles of psychosocial interventions from an SSLD perspective, and the Play Intervention for Dementia (PID) application of SSLD. In addition, the importance of caregivers' wellness, as well as different strategies to practice self-care will also be covered.

What's included

27 videos3 readings4 quizzes

This module will examine different mental health, psychosocial, and behavioural challenges of caring for people living with dementia. The topics that will be covered are: managing responsive behaviours; substance use in older adults; intimacy and consent for people living with dementia; elder abuse; as well as legal issues, including, for example, consent and capacity, and advance care planning.

What's included

63 videos5 readings7 quizzes

In this module, learners will study issues relevant to attachment, intimacy and sexuality in people living with dementia in various settings, as well as the concept of Lifeworld. This module will also revisit the topic of ageism and examine its implications in the contexts of erotophobia and desexualization. The special topic of the intersections of ageing and LGBTQ+ will also be explored.

What's included

26 videos1 reading5 quizzes

In this module, learners will be equipped with an understanding of the HT formulation in SSLD. Specifically, learners will have the opportunity to study the concepts and principles of personhood and agency of older adults. The intersections of ageing and social exclusion, as well as the role of technology in furthering social inclusion will also be examined.

What's included

23 videos1 reading2 quizzes

This module will cover the circumstances of senior service delivery in a global context. Examples of domestic senior service organizations and their service programs will be introduced. Learners will have the opportunity to examine what constitutes a good senior service system and will study how to implement holistic and person-centred care for people living with dementia in various settings. This module will conclude by revisiting how to counter the pervasiveness of ageing from an SSLD perspective.

What's included

39 videos1 reading6 quizzes


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4.7 (55 ratings)
A. Ka Tat Tsang
University of Toronto
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