University of Tasmania Online Courses

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  1. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    These have been mentioned a few times. I thought I would add the link again as enrolment is still open for one course and the opportunity is there to express interest for another -

    https://mooc.utas.edu.au/courses

    I think a few members have done the courses and have found them useful. I've did the Understaning Dementia one in 2014. I've just signed up for the Preventing Dementia one. I'm not so sure about the idea of 'preventing' dementia but the first course was so good that I thought it worth taking a look at this. The courses are online and free.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
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    Thanks Izzy. It sounds interesting .
     
  3. try again

    try again Registered User

    Jun 21, 2018
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    I have also joined this one. No doubt being sedentary, overweight, stressful and not sleeping well there is no hope for me ;)
     
  4. Duggies-girl

    Duggies-girl Registered User

    Sep 6, 2017
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    I used to work with a brilliantly clever man, a consultant pathologist, very thin and always on the go. He got dementia. My dad was a very clever man, slim and very strong and capable of anything. Always doing something. He has dementia.

    It's pot luck. Eat, drink and be merry I say.
     
  5. Rolypoly

    Rolypoly Registered User

    Jan 15, 2018
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    I did the Understanding Dementia one earlier this year. It was very interesting and informative, but I did leave everything to the last second, never mind last minute, but well worth the time. I don’t have the time at the moment to think about doing another but wish everyone doing one of the courses good luck.
     
  6. karaokePete

    karaokePete Volunteer Host

    Jul 23, 2017
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    If you do the course you will learn, amongst other things, that potentially modifiable risk factors, that include lifestyle factors, only account for some 35% of the risk factors relating to dementia.

    By definition, good choices may help with that 35% but the other factors are somewhat beyond our control. In other words, you can improve the odds but you won't guarantee the outcome.

    It's a great course.
     
  7. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
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    I've just signed up for Preventing Dementia. Thanks @Izzy for bringing it to my attention X
     
  8. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    Well done. I may see you around it. There's a section where participants can join in online discussion. The course starts when I'm away I holiday do I'll have to be focused and make sure I fund a bit of time to do it when I'm away!
     
  9. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
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    Hi @Izzy
    The course starts on the day we go away for a few days so I too will be struggling to fit it in!
    Looking forward to it though
    Lindy xx
     
  10. Rolypoly

    Rolypoly Registered User

    Jan 15, 2018
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    Don’t worry if you don’t start on the appointed day. When I did the other course I didn’t start it until the last unit had been released. I managed to complete it all within the time limit, not necessarily to be recommended as it was a cram, but doable. They did extend the deadline twice for some reason but I didn’t take notice of the new dates because I wanted to get it finished.
     
  11. Lindy50

    Lindy50 Registered User

    Dec 11, 2013
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  12. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    I only started the course today. It was unrealistic to Think would do it on holiday! I’ve done the first module as am enjoying it.
     
  13. Doggy86*

    Doggy86* Registered User

    Sep 2, 2018
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  14. Doggy86*

    Doggy86* Registered User

    Sep 2, 2018
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    Islington
    Hi

    I was just about to post that link for the Tasmania Uni Wicking Centre. I have completed both these courses and found the useful.
    Understaning Dementia
    Preventing Dementia
     
  15. AliceA

    AliceA Registered User

    May 27, 2016
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    I started this week, I was up very early to fit in some work on it.
    It is fascinating, but apart from that it is doing me good to be back studying.
    I think it may allow us to speak with more authority too.
    I do hope others will join there is time and it is very clearly explained.
    It is a seven week course spread over ten week to allow for odd times out.
    They say it takes about Three hours a week.
     
  16. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
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    I`ve just enrolled.
     
  17. Grahamstown

    Grahamstown Registered User

    Jan 12, 2018
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    Not so, I am very cynical about all the healthy living to avoid this disease and that. That’s just common sense. My husband lived the healthy life, never overweight, exercised all his life, was using his brain until the year before diagnosis writing scientific reviews, ate all those super foods and although alcohol has become a problem with dementia he was only ever a regular social drinker. So that he should develop dementia has shocked us all. I am the reverse like you!
     
  18. Grahamstown

    Grahamstown Registered User

    Jan 12, 2018
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    East of England
    This is what I wrote on my thread and repeated here. I am enjoying the Understanding Dementia course because it is abstract and at an arms length from the coal face. It has irritated me in some ways because of that although I am only at the beginning, because it all seems so rational quite unlike dementia which is the opposite.
     
  19. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
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    The theory is often the very opposite of the reality.
    It is one of the things which often put me off but I`m prepared to be proved wrong.
     
  20. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
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    I agree that the theory is different from reality. Having said that I found it useful to try to step back in order to understand the theory before launching back into reality. I did both courses when Bill was alive.
     

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