Training on Dementia for Direct Care Workers

Improve you daily care practice of dementia patients
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (71 ratings)
2,357 students
In the course, students will learn to improve the quality of the care provided to the people with dementia and their families.


  • Background on care services


This MOOC includes multimedia training contents for direct care workers, based on internationally recognized good practices in dementia care. The design and development of the MOOC contents involved direct care workers, people with dementia and family carers to include their perspective,therefore stimulating direct care workers to reflect on their daily practice and how to best meet their patients’ needs.

You will also be able to put into practice what you have learned during the course by playing a free serious game about caregiving with people with dementia. Check the Bonus  Lecture for more info on this.

Please be aware that the course includes some testimonials in other languages. Nevertheless, Closed Caption (subtitles) in English are always available for these lectures.

Who this course is for:

  • Direct care workers

Course content

9 sections49 lectures3h 31m total length
  • Introduction
  • Cognitive domains affected
  • Cognitive domains affected
    3 questions
  • Seven A’s of dementia
  • Seven A’s of dementia
    3 questions
  • The five most common cognitive disorders
  • The five most common cognitive disorders
    3 questions
  • Testimonial


iDO Consortium
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 197 Reviews
  • 3,587 Students
  • 6 Courses

Dementia is one of the most prevalent and burdensome diseases in older age. By the year 2030, estimates suggest that there will be 74.7 million people with different forms of dementia worldwide. There is no cure for dementia: drugs only address the symptoms of the disease and non-pharmaceutical interventions are continuously tested and updated to improve patients’ quality of life: from interventions to increase of communication skills, agitation and stress reduction, and use of new technology.

The value of disseminating evidence on these interventions is immeasurable, but surprisingly this knowledge is often not available to care staff.

The iDO project aims at diminishing this existing gap by designing and developing an effective training package in close collaboration with people with dementia and their caregivers in hopes that this will promote the acquisition of skills by direct-care workers. This will be achieved by conducting different interviews with caregivers, patients, but also health professionals and then transforming it into an online massive course. The project will also develop and include a serious-game where people will be able to apply their gained knowledge on the different topics related with dementia.