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Be connected MOOC: improving health literacy about dementia

A MOOC for adult educators to increase knowledge, skills and competences about dementia and pass it on to the learners in the community!

“I never start my workshop with which are the 10 early signs of dementia, as half of the learners will leave immediately.” L. B., adult educator on teaching about dementia in the community in Slovenia.

Are you an adult educator and ever wondered how to improve your skills on teaching about dementia-related issues? Do you want to check what you know about dementia so far?

Than the Be Connected MOOC might be just the right answer for you. It is a practical tool for adult educators who want to improve their own understanding of dementia in order to pass this knowledge to learners in the community – these learners may be volunteers, carers, service or shop workers, bus drivers or market vendors.

The Be Connected MOOC seeks to improve health literacy about dementia so that people in the community, and in community care services can understand more about dementia and their own role in promoting inclusive, enabling and empowering relationships, behaviours and environments.

A person-centred approach relies on knowing the person behind the dementia and tailoring our behaviours, care and environments to the person’s individual needs.

Developing our collective understanding, behaviours, support, care and community environments can improve the lived experience of dementia.

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How is the course structured? Which are the topics covered?

The Be connected MOOC is built around an introduction and 4 modules:

  1. “Put yourself in the shoes” of people with dementia
  2. Prevention
  3. Communicating in daily and community life with people with dementia
  4. Inclusive Community Focused on People Living with Dementia

You can choose the module you're interested in or you can complete the whole course, namely the four modules. Each module has a methods section intended for adult educator to give you suggestion on activities that you can use to pass the gained knowledge on to your learners.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the modules to get you started:

What are the gains for me?

Finishing the MOOC you will test your gained knowledge and then receive a certificate, and most importantly you will have learned that:

  • as an adult educator you can help your learners increase knowledge, skills and competences about dementia helping to create inclusive communities which better understand people with dementia and their needs;
  •  by increasing health literacy about dementia, health professionals can improve prevention, quality of care and make choices more consciously; 
  • it is essential to develop communicational skills in order to reach a greater inclusion and improve quality of life of people with dementia;
  • the understanding we have as community on dementia (our values and the language we use) can impact the relationship we have with the person with dementia and the kinds of support and services we offer.

For more on how to help your community to become inclusive, focused on dementia, sign up for the Be connected MOOC now.

Background information: This MOOC was prepared by the project consortium of the Erasmus+ project Move your hands for dementia.

Have your say: send your comments and feedback to: myh4d@aslto3.piemonte.it

The post was contributed on behalf of the MYH4D project by Dijana Lukić, executive project manager at ZDUS, Slovenian Federation of Pensioners Associations, working in the field of adult education, life-long learning, active and healthy ageing and advocating for older people's rights.

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