Topic 1 - Theoretical issues of psychosocial care and quality of life of people with dementia
The topic informs students about the conceptual backgrounds and the theoretical perspectives underpinning psychosocial care in dementia. By discussing the general concept of health, and the role of psycho-social determinants, both person-centered and coping-and-adaptation models are presented alongside to the importance of the self in dementia and of the quality of life of people with dementia.
- Theories and backgrounds of psychosocial care, health and well-being;
- Conceptual models underpinning interventions and research in psychosocial care;
- Quality of life for people with dementia: definition and assessment tools.
Topic 2 – Care needs in people with dementia
The topic introduces students into the domain of care needs by focusing upon met and unmet needs. Further, methods of needs assessment, the importance of timely provision of care and cognate consequences are discussed.
- Care needs: definition, main determinants, and individual diversity;
- Needs assessments;
- When the needs are unmet;
- Timely access to formal care: facilitators and barriers.
Topic 3 – Psychosocial interventions in dementia
The topic introduces students to the approaches to psychosocial interventions for people with dementia by providing definitions and descriptions.
- Approaches to psychosocial intervention in dementia: definition, types, targets, benefits;
- Facilitators and barriers challenging psychosocial interventions;
- Quality of life featuring people with mild and moderate dementia.
Topic 4 – Ethical and legal considerations in dementia
The topic acquaints students with ethical and legal issues impacting on people with dementia life, included the end-of-life context.
- Theoretical approaches to ethics and related concepts (equality, diversity and inclusion);
- Approaching to the aspects of ethics in dementia care: informed consent, shared decision-making process and health literacy, limitations of legal capacity;
- End of life realm: anticipated dispositions, advanced care planning, palliative care options.
Topic 5 – Prevention of dementia and healthy ageing
Once the topic has intruded to the rationale behind dementia prevention, students are critically informed upon the most recent empirical evidence on lifelong risk factors, lifestyle interventions, and public health and awareness campaigns.
- Background and rationale behind dementia prevention;
- Types of prevention: general aims;
- Lifelong risk factors for dementia;
- Lifestyle interventions to prevent dementia: recent evidence;
- Public health and awareness campaigns.
The topic is focused upon practical aspects of psychosocial care. Case management and operative tools are critically presented and discussed.
- Issues of dementia, timely diagnosis;
- Case management and multi-professional coordination;
- Effective communication.