Dementia with Disabilities
One of the biggest social and health issues facing Australia and the globe is a dramatic and inevitable change in the demographic profile of the population: the ageing of the population.
Increased longevity, reduced birth rates, and structural features of our population, such as the baby boomer generation ‘bubble’ mean that in our lifetimes, an ageing community will dominate the social, health and economic activity of Australia.
While public health initiatives and advances in medical research contribute to increasing longevity, leading to greater prevention and management of, for example, cardiac conditions and many forms of cancer, this also contributes to a rise in currently incurable conditions, such as dementia.
Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates that the prevalence of dementia across the globe is greater than 37.5 million, which will rise to over 134 million by 2050.
The fastest rate of rise will be in low to middle wealth countries that are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. In Australia, there are over 400,000 people with dementia, which will be over 900,000 by 2050.
The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Excellent Free courses have been developed in a range of educational offerings to help prepare communities & participants are given a Certificate of Completion.
And these courses will benefit people that are either; Within the Aged Care industry, A home Carer, nurses, doctors and general medical health multi-disciplinary roles.
And will help in offering better understanding in delivery a more understanding of person centred care.
The Wicking Centre utilises a new approach to online learning, Massive Open Online Courses or MOOC, to reach a substantial number of participants that are interested in preventing dementia.
The Centre has two MOOCs that have now reached over 180,000 people throughout over 190 countries across the world.
One of these MOOCs focusses on the growing evidence that there are some risk factors for dementia that may be amenable for intervention during our lifetimes.
Preventing Dementia MOOC utilises a range of experts across Australia and internationally to examine the evidence for particular risk factors.
These risk factors includes that we can’t do much about such as age and family genetics.
There are, however, life-course factors that relate to vascular health, education and mental wellbeing that may be potentially be modifiable.
It is hoped that up to a third of dementia cases could be prevented by attending to the major modifiable risk factors.
The Preventing Dementia MOOC opens on May 15th, is 4 weeks long and a Certificate of Completion is given to participants.
It will also allow you to interact with like-minded people to learn from eachother.
Preventing Dementia MOOC is the pathway to understanding dementia.
Book your Free Course now.
About the Author
Professor James Vickers holds the Chair of Pathology at the University of Tasmania. He is co-Director of the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health. His research interests; Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, structural brain plasticity, ageing-related changes in cognition and health services for dementia. Professor Vickers, together with Professor Andrew Robinson, established the Wicking Centre in 2008.