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Preventing Dementia MOOC

Preventing Dementia is a FREE, online 4-week course. It provides the latest evidence on key risk and protective factors for dementia. What’s good for the heart is good for the brain and it’s never too early or too late to do something to reduce your risk of dementia. The latest research suggests that approximately one third of dementia cases may be preventable by addressing modifiable risk factors, which are highlighted in this course.

The course runs twice per year, in May and October.

FREE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed and delivered by global experts, based on the latest research and suitable for everyone, everywhere.

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Understanding Dementia MOOC

Understanding Dementia is a FREE, online 7-week course. It examines the diseases that cause dementia, how they impact the person with dementia and the treatments and care practices that enhance quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers. The course will address issues around the ageing populations across the globe which are contributing to dementia being identified as one of the major public health issues of the 21st century.

The course runs twice per year, in February and July.

FREE Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed and delivered by global experts, based on the latest research and suitable for everyone, everywhere.

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Bachelor of Dementia Care

The Dementia Care Program is Australia's first fully online degree specifically focused on dementia. It is available to domestic or international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia. Graduates from the Program will be equipped to become specialists in dementia care across both public and private health care sectors.

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Research shows dementia education makes a difference

The importance of education to support people living with dementia, their families, nurses and aged care workers has been highlighted in the latest research published by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. Published this week in the Nature Partner Journal Science of Learning, the research measured the effectiveness of the Understanding Dementia MOOC on dementia understanding. Learn about the Wicking Dementia Centre’s MOOCs at

Could gut microbiota influence cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease?

This study aims to find out the type of bacteria in the guts of community-dwelling individuals who have dementia, their spousal carers, and age-matched individuals with other chronic illnesses and their spousal carers. The information will help us understand why carers of individuals living with dementia are six times more likely to develop dementia themselves.

Donate to the Wicking Dementia Centre

By making a donation you can make a real difference for future generations in the field of dementia research and education. Help us support carers and patients through continuing to deliver free online education such as the Understanding Dementia MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).

Since inception over 155,000 carers, family members, friends and health professionals from over 180 countries have participated in this course, increasing awareness globally and improving care for loved ones.

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