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NU7812 Ways of Understanding Dementia and Dementia Care (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • MO1.1 Critically discuss the concept of brain health and ways to promote a health brain
  • MO1.2 Describe and explain the aetiology, risk factors and pathophysiology of different forms of dementia
  • MO.1.3 Explain the different theoretical perspectives on dementia and compare and contrast how each can contribute to professional knowledge and understanding
  • MO.1.4 Appreciate different philosophies of dementia care and critically evaluate their implications for the planning and delivery of care that is inclusive of service users
  • MO.1.5 Outline the important contributions of leadership, strategic planning and service evaluation to quality dementia care
  • MO1. 6 Identify the current and predicted demographic profiles of dementia both nationally and internationally and appraise the role and function of policy, and statutory and voluntary services

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

The aim of the module is to develop in practitioners a robust understanding of the nature and context of dementia and dementia care in contemporary practice and to prepare leaders in dementia care from a range of inter-disciplinary health and social care professionals. The module explores the related concepts using a variety of theoretical, philosophical and practice frameworks, so as to assist students to strengthen and improve their understanding of the knowledge and core skills necessary to support the person with dementia.

The aims of the module are to:

  • To develop students’ critical awareness of the demographic and policy contexts of dementia;
  • To enhance students’ knowledge of the ways in which dementia may be understood and the implications of different understandings for how dementia care can be approached;
  • To enable students to develop a sound knowledge base and the requisite skills with which to plan and lead quality dementia care in contemporary health and social care practice.

Recommended Reading List

Indicative Resources

  • Agronin A.E. (2008) Alzheimer disease and other dementias: a practical guide. 2nd ed. Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia
  • Bartlett R. & O'Connor D. (2010) Broadening the Dementia Debate. Towards Social Citizenship. Policy Press, Bristol.
  • Brooker D. & Latham I. (2016) Person-Centred Dementia Care. Making Services Better with the VIPS Framework. 2nd edn. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Department of Health. (2014) Irish National Dementia Strategy. Department of Health, Dublin.
  • Downs M. & Bowers, B. (2014) Excellence in Dementia Care, Research into Practice, 2nd edn. McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead.
  • Downs M. (2015) Person-Centred Care in the Community. Genio, Dublin.
  • Hughes J. (2011) Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. The Facts. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Hughes J., Louw S. & Sabat S. (2006) Dementia. Mind, meaning and the person. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Innes A., Kelly F. & McCabe L. (2012) Key Issues in Evolving Dementia Care. International Theory-based Policy and Practice. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.
  • Innes A. & Manthorpe J. (2013) Developing theoretical understandings of dementia and their application to dementia care policy in the UK. Dementia 12 (6), pp. 682-696.
  • Kitwood T. (1997) Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First. Open University Press, Philadelphia.
  • Loveday B. (2013) Leadership for Person-centred Dementia Care. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

*Other readings will be provided by individual lecturers.