What is Preventing Dementia MOOC?
MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Course – a recent global educational development that has been embraced by key universities and learning institutions around the world. MOOCs offer free online learning opportunities, with institutions such as the University of Tasmania sharing their expertise and knowledge in an open environment that is accessible to any and all interested parties.
With the ageing of human populations across the globe, dementia is becoming the public health issue of the 21st century.
Preventing Dementia is a free five-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that reviews the latest research into factors that may modify risk of dementia.
Global dementia experts explain how lifestyle and health factors interact to increase or decrease dementia risk, based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Preventing Dementia MOOC will be of interest to health professionals, aged care service providers, health policy professionals and anybody with an interest in brain health and/or dementia.
Enrolment close date extended by popular demand
The inaugural Preventing Dementia MOOC has started with over 10,000 participants signed up. Due to popular demand, we have extended the enrolment closing date until the 26th July. If you haven’t yet done so, it is not too late. Enrol today!
Preventing Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest research in dementia risk and protective factors. The free 5-week course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of a global community, without requiring exams or assignments.
With the ageing of the world’s population, dementia is looming as the public health issue of the 21st Century. Is it possible to modify your risk of dementia? A substantial proportion of risk is associated with advanced ageing as well as genetic risk factors, but the latest research has indicated there are modifiable risk factors which may decrease your susceptibility to dementia. The Preventing Dementia MOOC investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of global experts.
You will have the opportunity to engage in online discussions, and can also participate in new research in this field, to help us determine the most effective ways to help people reduce their dementia risk. At the end of the Preventing Dementia MOOC, there is also the opportunity to undertake an assessment of your individual risk.
Preventing Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds including
- Health and allied health professionals
- Community and residential aged care staff
- Health policymakers
- Social scientists
- Individuals with a general interest in brain health and/or dementia
The course runs for 6 weeks in total. The first week of the course is an orientation period. Content will be delivered during weeks 2 to 6. To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week engaging with the course content and activities. After successfully completing the final quiz, participants will be eligible to download a free certificate of completion.
Module 1 – Can dementia be prevented?
- Key concepts in dementia prevention
- Definition of dementia and introduction to the diseases that cause dementia
- Important factors influencing the numbers of people with dementia across the globe
- The impact of dementia on the health care system
Module 2 – Risk factors for dementia
- How we study dementia risk in populations
- Non-modifiable vs modifiable risk factors
- The major modifiable risk factors
- How dementia risk is measured at individual and population levels
Module 3 – Dementia risk – it’s not all in your head
- Evidence supporting links between key vascular and medical risk factors with dementia
Module 4 – A healthy and active life
- Evidence supporting links between key lifestyle factors and risk of dementia
- Impact of depression on dementia risk
- Impact of education on dementia risk
- Concept of ‘cognitive reserve’
Module 5 – Interventions for prevention
- Key strategies for prevention at the individual and population level
- Encouraging healthy behaviours
- What you can do to reduce your risk of dementia
- Current research initiatives
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