Online learning helps family caregivers handle dementia

It’s often hard to know where to begin when caring for a loved one who has dementia or Alzheimer’s. There are a variety of resources that can be found online, from YouTube videos to blogs. Another resource at your disposal is an e-learning course. Each class can be completed within five to 15 minutes. No preregistration required and you can take the short classes at your own pace. At the end of each course there is a printable checklist.

The course will give the family caregiver a good idea of what to expect and offers specific advice on how to care for your loved one. It starts with a thorough grounding in what dementia is and the stages of Alzheimer’s. In the third section of this online coursework there are specific examples of ways to cope with disruptive behavior that may be displayed by the person suffering from Alzheimer’s.

In the fifth section of the course, family caregivers are taught how to keep their loved one safe in several ways by avoiding hazardous situations. This section also discusses financial safety and offers prevention tips.

Links to the coursework and sections of each session are below:

1. Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

  • Introduction
  • What is Dementia?
  • Causes of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Types of Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s and the brain
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis and test
  • Treatments
  • Stages of Alzheimer’s
  • Conclusion – Class 1 Checklist

2. Capturing Life’s Journey

  • What capturing memories means
  • Techniques for capturing memories
  • Create a journal
  • Use the journal
  • Lessons & self-care tip – Class 2 Checklist

3. Managing Behaviors

  • This section provides 14 lessons on specific ways to handle certain behaviors

4. Encouraging Engagement

  • Benefits of activities
  • Opportunities around the house
  • Types of activities
  • Techniques to encourage engagement
  • Using the senses
  • Lessons & self-care tip – Class 4 Checklist

5. Safety

  • Keeping your loved one safe
  • Hazardous situations
  • Financial safety
  • Prevention
  • Lessons & self-care tips – Class 5 Checklist

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