An Introduction To Dementia

Course Information

Aims and Objectives

  • Describe what the term dementia means and the process and implications of a diagnosis of dementia for the person and their family.
  • Understand person-centred approaches to working with people with dementia.
  • Identify key communication and support approaches to improve the care received by people with dementia.
  • Increase confidence and satisfaction in delivering care for people with dementia and their carers.


Course Contents

  • What is dementia?
  • Facts and figures about dementia
  • Signs and symptoms of dementia
  • Understanding memory loss and cognitive dysfunction
  • The main brain disorders that lead to a diagnosis of dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Vascular dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Fronto-temporal dementia
  • Conditions that are mistaken for dementia
  • Factors that affect a person’s experience of living with dementia
  • Person-centred approaches to dementia care
  • Communication and support for people with dementia and their carers/family.


Structure of Course

  • Assessing and diagnosing dementia
  • Types of dementia
  • Processes on assessment
  • Implications of diagnosis


Living with dementia

  • Key challenges for people with dementia and their carers
  • Principles of person-centred approaches
  • Interactions with health and social care for the person with dementia
  • Providing confident and appropriate care for people with dementia
  • Key communication approaches for people with dementia
  • Developing supportive care for people with dementia and their carers



  • Health Care Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Care Staff
  • Support Workers
  • Those who will come into contact with clients with Dementia.

AB Health Group