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MOOC shares latest evidence on minimising dementia risk

Community care workers are being encouraged to enrol in a free online course to increase their knowledge of dementia prevention approaches.

The University of Tasmania is again running its Preventing Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which explores the latest research in dementia risk and prevention.

The online course was developed by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and investigates the best available evidence about dementia prevention, drawing on a range of expertise from around the globe.

Introduced last year, the five-week MOOC has been popular locally and in English-speaking countries, including Canada, the UK and Ireland, with more than 11,000 participants worldwide. A translated version of the MOOC is set to launch in China in May.

The course is divided into five modules: can dementia be prevented?; risk factors for dementia; dementia risk – it’s not all in your head, a healthy and active mind; and interventions for prevention.

The MOOC has been designed for anyone with an interest in brain health and dementia, including allied and health professionals, aged care service providers and health policy professionals.

Enrolments are now open. The course begins on 24 April and runs until 9 June.

The University of Tasmania also runs the popular Understanding Dementia MOOC, which has been available since 2013.

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