Bridging the Dementia Divide

This free short online course will help you understand the level of care required when caring for someone with dementia, as well as teaching you about communication and compassion, and how you can help a person living with dementia to maintain their independence, control and a good quality of life.

Online course description

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates there are currently 35.6 million people living with dementia, a number which will double by 2030 and triple by 2050 (WHO, 2012). Dementia has already had a significant impact on society, and this will only increase.

It is important to understand the challenges of living with dementia as well as understanding the importance of providing the correct care for people with dementia.

This course will look at the global challenge of dementia. It focuses on integrative collaboration and partnership working to reduce barriers between services and provide seamless care for people living with dementia.

Who is this course for?

The course is open to anyone who wants to better understand dementia and learn to care for people with dementia including carers of people with dementia, healthcare professionals and others with a general interest in dementia.

It is designed to offer more than just watching academic videos; you will also engage in forum discussions, group activities and other stimulating tasks.

Bridging the Dementia Divide: Supporting People Living with Dementia is a free online course that seeks to challenge stereotypes and teaches you to understand, sympathise and help people living with dementia in a compassionate manner. It encourages discussions but supports the sensitivity of the subject and people affected by it.

This course will:

  • encourage learners to challenge their definitions and perceptions of dementia
  • equip learners with the knowledge and understanding to help people with dementia
  • provide a platform for global discussion to facilitate learner’s connections and communication for the purpose of initiating international networks
  • provide learners with career insights, should they wish to pursue a career in health and social care

Learning outcomes

  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of dementia, its context and wider perspectives
  • examine dementia in the global context and its implications
  • learn to communicate effectively with people affected by dementia
  • understand the importance of independence, control and quality of life and learn how you can support that
  • support people living with dementia and their families during the final phase of life

Fees and funding


Course requirements

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.


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