Online Dementia Self-Management Course

The online dementia self-management course for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers is an interactive, internet-based, course, which runs for 6 weeks, with each weekly session lasting 1.5 hours for groups of up to 10 participants (those living in early stage dementia and their carers). Participants log on at the same time every week via Skype to ‘meet’ with other participants, much like our group courses but just over the internet, and have access to a support site containing videos, useful sites for further information and course.  The course has been developed by Coventry University and Birmingham Memory Assessment and Advisory Service. There is no cost to attend the course.

The dementia course provides a supportive, friendly, confidential, group setting which will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to cope with many of  the frustrations, fears and sense of isolation that living with, or caring for someone with, dementia can bring. The course deals with:Goal setting and action planning

• Looking for solutions to problems and coping strategies
• Stress management (e.g. relaxation)
• Memory tips and strategies
• Life Story work
• Emotional management
• Identifying your strengths
• Becoming more positive, grateful and appreciating life more
• Healthy lifestyles (e.g. eating more healthily and physical activity)
• Prioritising the important things in life
• Communication skills

 

All of these evidence-based techniques can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

The research has shown that after attending the online dementia course for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers participants reported:

• More confidence and hope
• Reduced social isolation
• Greater acceptance of the condition
• An increased understanding of dementia
• Positive family changes, including better communication and more autonomy Development of  new  computer skills, which increased confidence
• Increased contact via Skype with friends/family who lived overseas

 

https://hopeprogramme.coventry.ac.uk/courses/dementia-and-carers-online.aspx

 

HOPE Programme
Applied Research Centre in Health and Life Interventions
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Coventry University
Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom