There have been over 170,000 enrolments in the Preventing Dementia MOOC since its inception. Thousands of people, just like you, have taken up the opportunity to enrol in this free online course to examine the latest evidence and learn ways to reduce dementia risk.
We couldn’t have achieved this without the help of our growing global MOOC community and wish to thank everyone for their support in helping us let others know about this course.
If you are able to help us again, even in a small way, we will be able to reach even more people to improve knowledge of brain health across the world.
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 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 a major public health issue. 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 factors you can modify which may decrease your susceptibility to dementia. The Preventing Dementia MOOC investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of expertise from around the globe.
Preventing Dementia is suited to everyone – whether you are an individual with an interest in brain health and/or dementia risk reduction, or an allied health professional, clinician, aged care service provider or health policy professional – this course is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds.
To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. The 4 weeks of scheduled content is released weekly and is accessible across 6 weeks in total, with the additional 2 weeks providing time to catch up on (or review), content. After successfully completing the final quiz, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.
The release of course content will occur at 9:00am (AEDT) on the following dates:
- Introduction – 5th October, 2021
- Module 1 – 7th October, 2021
- Module 2 – 14th October, 2021
- Module 3 – 20th October, 2021
- Module 4 – 28th October, 2021
- Completion – 4th November, 2021
You can work through the content at any time of day and at your own pace within this release schedule. This includes revisiting earlier released content or catching up as needed. The course is scheduled to close on 22nd November, 2021 at 5:00pm AEDT.
Module 1 – Can Dementia Be Prevented?
- Key concepts in dementia prevention
- Definition of dementia and introduction to the diseases that cause dementia
- The impact of dementia across the globe
- The major non-modifiable and modifiable risk factors for dementia
- The impact of genetics on dementia risk
- How dementia risk is measured at individual and population level
Module 2 – Dementia Risk – It’s Not All in Your Head
- Evidence supporting links between key vascular risk factors and dementia
- The impact of physical activity and diet on dementia risk
- The impact of smoking and alcohol on dementia risk
Module 3 – A Healthy and Active Mind
- 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 4 – 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 in dementia prevention
Things you can do to help:
- If you know of someone else who might be interested, please encourage them to sign up and enrol at: https://mooc.utas.edu.au/landing/pd5share
- To print a poster and/or flyer to display in your workplace or on your local community noticeboard, please click here
- Visit the Preventing Dementia Facebook Page and share our post to ‘enrol now’ with your networks.
We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to participate in learning about dementia risk reduction. Even if you have undertaken the course in the past, this is a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge. If you are interested in undertaking the course again, click here to enrol today!