Introduction to Dementia

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you should be able to have basic understanding of Dementia, various types, signs and symptoms,  assessment procedures, various treatment options and issues with risk, vulnerability and capacity including role of Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act.

This course will not only benefit the "staff" hospital managers, nursing staff, help care assistants, occupational therapists but also "caregivers" friends and family.


Introduction to Dementia

  • Signs & symptoms
  • Affecting domains in life
    Models: Bio – Psycho – Social
    Assessment – process

Common Types

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy Bodies
  • Fronto temporal Dementia
    Less Common types including reversible causes

Overview of Treatment

  • When to treat? Aims of treatment
  • Setting of treatment
  • Types of treatment
  • Role of Mental Health Act 1983 and Mental Capacity Act


tips for caregivers

Group work / workshop with Case Vignettes
Followed by Discussion

Challenging behaviour- Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD)

Issues with Risk and Vulnerability

  • Neglect
  • Violence
  • Finances
  • Abuse

   Recap, Q&A, Feedback
   Attendance Certificate - the course is accredited for 6 CPD points.