The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia

This module provides an introduction to the psychosocial impact of dementia on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them. The module begins with an introduction to dementia. It addresses what dementia is and what it is not, different types and causes of the illness and patterns of progression in the brain. The module then addresses several different models of dementia – most notably the biomedical and psychosocial perspectives. The psychosocial impact of dementia on memory and communication will then be explored in detail. This study of the combination of damage to the brain and the social context within which the illness exists will provide you with a context within which you can consider your own experiences of caring for individuals with dementia.