Dementia Studies Multidiscipline - 142

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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Gain the skills needed for a career working with those living with dementia.

The number of Canadian’s living with dementia is rising, according to the Alzheimer Society of Canada (opens in new window). Through both theoretical and practical work, build on your existing knowledge and skills in the health and/or social service field and specialize in areas of care related to dementia.

Designed for those looking to enhance their competency and skills in caring for those with dementia, this program explores the importance of preserving the personhood of individuals living with dementia, utilizing care giving strategies, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, the ethical and legal implication affecting individuals living with dementia and more.

Opportunities include specialization in several areas of care related to dementia, such as long-term care facilities, adult day care programs, home care and senior housing.

You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admission & Registration tab) and then you may register for any available courses.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Note: To be eligible for the certificate, you must complete the program within 5 years.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing

Diploma or Degree in Health Sciences or Human Services within Canada.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Health and Nursing 

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.


Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Gain clinical experience in Dementia Care.
Prerequisites: COMM10335 and COMM10336 and HSCIDEM07 and HMNSDEM03 and HSCIDEM06 and HLTH10223 or COMM10335 and COMM10336 and HSCIDEM07 and HSCI10223 and HSCIDEM06 and HLTH10223
Course description: Focus on bringing the person back to personal care. Participants will learn to develop specialized non-verbal communication techniques, facilitate enhancement of workplace interpersonal skills and bridge communciation between professional and family caregivers.
Equivalents: COMMDEM02
Course description: Focus on the philosophy of care, specifically holistic care within a medical model. Diagnosis, appropriate physical and emotional environments, effects of dementia on the client and caregiver, research on caregiving, and the importance of ongoing education for caregivers.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: HSCIDEM01
Course description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the theoretical and practical issues in the development, planning and evaluation of programs in the community. Using a functional program planning and evaluation model, you will apply the model to actual planning issues and explore the barriers to effective program planning and evaluation. Proposal writing as it relates to the development of funding proposals will also be discussed. The course will focus on the program planning model and will examine each step in the process as well as the tools in community planning - identification of resources, understanding of barriers to effective planning, research skills, funding review processes, and proposal writing.
Credits: 3
Course description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the theoretical knowledge about current research in order to apply this to clinical practice. The student will identify an area of interest in dementia care, review the current research in this area and develop a program logic model to implement the required change.
Credits: 2
Course description: This course allows participants to explore a variety of dementia care skills including creating meaningful programs and activities, therapeutic caregiving strategies, needs communication messaging models (NCM), life stories, and compassionate communication. Equivalent to: HMNSDEM03.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: HMNSDEM03
Course description: Explore current ethical issues in community based services and long term care institutions such as euthanasia, living wills, ageism, use of restraints, and competence in decision making. Discussions on legal issues focus on advocacy substitute decision making, power of attorney, guardianship and residents rights. Theory will be applied to case studies.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: LAWSGER51

Select 1 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: This course provides an overview of the normal aging processes including the physical, cognitive, sensory, communication and psychological needs of older adults. Common pathological problems along with specialized needs in aging are highlighted. Emphasis is placed on developmental disabilities and Alzheimer's Disease. Knowledge of community resources and understanding the role of the service provider in promoting health and well-being among older adults is discussed. Equivalent to: HSCIGER10.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HSCIGER10
Course description: The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes. This course offers students the opportunity to explore, in depth, selected topics of interest and relevance to the physiology of aging. The topics may include among others: physiological systems, nutrition, adaptation, sexuality, menopause, arthritis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's disease, etc.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HSCIGER20
Course description: Provides further development of skills of Assessment and Program Planning for the aging adult. Topics include interviewing skills, communication with aging adults and those with special needs, losses that occur with lifestyle changes, observations skills, recording and introduction to planning, intervention and evaluation.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HSCIGER30
Course description: What processes and supports change as adults age? How to maximize functioning with age related changes. The course deals with psychological processes such as memory, perception and intelligence. The social aspects discussed would include relationships and community involvement.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: HSCIGER41

Successful completion of the Dementia Studies or Working with the Dementia Clients Program will enable the graduate to:

  • Provide care, recognizing the uniqueness of each individual and the importance of preserving the personhood of the individual with dementia
  • Utilize caregiving strategies which promote the strengths and abilities of the individual and promote positive outcomes for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers
  • Collaboratively work within a multidisciplinary team to holistically assess the care needs of individuals with dementia as well as family members and significant others
  • Recognize the ethical and legal implications affecting individuals with dementia and provide an environment which empowers individuals and families as they prepare to make difficult choices
  • Understand that positive changes in the workplace environment meet the changing needs of the individual with dementia
  • Demonstrate caregiver competency by seeking out learning opportunities to improve care to those with dementia
  • Utilize current research in order to promote quality of life for individuals with dementia

Potential for specialization in several areas of care related to dementia such as long term care facilities, adult day care programs, home care and senior housing.

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