Dementia Studies

Tri-Campus Campus | Program Code: 0479
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This program is targeted towards people working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, community support services, and others caring for persons living with dementia. This program develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes to enhance competency in providing quality care.

Statement of Achievement Objectives

At the end of this Statement of Achievement, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply the knowledge required to play an active and supporting role in ensuring the quality of life, independence and dignity of persons living with dementia from early warning signs to end- of- life care.
  2. Participate in and maintain collaborative professional working relationships with key stakeholder groups including community partners, families and other professionals to ensure a continuum of care for persons living with dementia.
  3. Act responsibly and be accountable for one’s actions within the context of current legislation and ethical frameworks.
  4. Advocate for the rights of persons living with dementia.

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Program Details

Code 0479
Credential Statement of Achievement/College Certificate
Campus Tri-Campus
Program Length * N/A
Delivery Part-Time

Program Outline


In an aging society, an understanding of dementia is becoming increasingly critical for families and caregivers. In this course, normal aging versus dementia is discussed including symptoms, reasons for behaviours, and best practice care principles. Topics include brain and brain changes and their effects on communication and care strategies as well as legal and ethical implications.  This course is the prerequisite for all other Dementia Studies courses.

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Persons with dementia deserve quality of life and quality of care. In this course the principle of enhanced care is examined and applied from diagnosis to end of life in a variety of settings. Topics include team approach, tips and tools, grief, family and caregiver stress and self-care strategies. Prerequisite: BEHA1000

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The emphasis of this course centers on four main topic areas: overview of legislation and ethical issues; advocacy for persons with dementia; community resources and framework of the systems in which the client, family, caregivers are involved; and, roles, responsibilities and accountability of care providers. These topics are approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: BEHA1000

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This is a project-based course in which students to work independently within a facilitated class environment on an area of interest in the field of dementia studies. In consultation with the course instructor, students create, develop, and present a project. The project reflects the theoretical knowledge gained in the previous courses in the program to a practical application within their area of interest.  Prerequisite: BEHA1000, BEHA1001, BEHA1002, BEHA1003, PSWO2300

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Effective communication is essential to the provision of quality care. This course focuses on relevant theories, techniques and application in dementia care. Emphasis is on the utilization of best strategies in communicating with persons with dementia. Communication in a team setting as well as with family members is also explored. Prerequisite: BEHA1000

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