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Dementia
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Know what dementia is, its preventive measures and how to care for persons with dementia.

About This Course

The Dementia course presents an overview of dementia. Developed by health professionals in Singapore, this course will offer a comprehensive discussion of dementia with a focus on its definition, symptoms, prevalence, risk factors, types of dementia, diagnosis process, available treatment and how to care for persons with dementia.

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the categories of dementia and explain their causes
  • Identify important risk factors for dementia
  • Explain the clinical diagnosis process and identify early symptoms
  • Recommend appropriate places to seek help and treatment
  • Discuss practical tips on how to care for a person with dementia
  • Propose tips on dementia prevention

Requirements

  • Basic English comprehension
  • Basic computer literacy

Course Staff

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Prof Kua Ee Heok

Professor Kua Ee Heok is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the National University Hospital and Tan Geok Yin Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at National University of Singapore (NUS). He was trained as a doctor at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur and received his training in Psychiatry at Oxford University and Geriatric Psychiatry at Harvard University. His research interests are ageing, depression, and psychotherapy.

In addition, he has written 270 research papers on subjects ranging from ageing to addiction, along with 23 books on psychiatry, dementia, depression, and stress. He leads the NUS Age Well Everyday (AWE) programme that has now been extended to six community centres in Queenstown, Eunos, Tampines Changkat, Bishan North, Hougang and Chong Pang.

A member of the WHO Research Team for the Global Study of Dementia, he was previously Head, Department of Psychological Medicine at NUS, and CEO and Medical Director at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. He is Editor-in-Chief (with Professor Norman Sartorius) of a new series of textbooks on 'Mental Health and Illness Worldwide' to be published by Springer Nature 2017.

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A/Prof Rathi Mahendran

Associate Professor Rathi Mahendran is a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist with the Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital and Associate Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. She also provides psychosocial care for ambulatory patients at the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS).

Associate Professor Mahendran graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1980 and completed the Specialist Training in Psychiatry in 1998. She subsequently trained in the UK and the US under Health Manpower Development Plan programmes in 1989 and 1996 respectively. She was awarded Master of Medical Education from the University of Dundee (UK) in 2013. Her research interests include depression, ageing, and psycho-oncology. She was previously Chairman Medical Board at the Institute of Mental Health.

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Dr Iris Rawtaer

Dr Iris Rawtaer graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2009 and qualified as a specialist in Psychiatry in 2015. She went on to pursue a clinical and research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in 2015. She is currently an Associate Consultant with the Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore. She provides clinical care for both adult and elderly patients across ambulatory and domiciliary settings.

She has a special interest in neurocognitive disorders and is actively involved in epidemiological and interventional studies of ageing. Dr Rawtaer is a recipient of the National Medical Research Council's Healthcare Research Scholarship - Master of Clinical Investigation Programme in 2015. She is also an appointed tutor under the NUS Clinical Faculty Scheme.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: What’s expected of me from this course?
This is a 4-hour online course where you can learn at your own time and pace. You’re expected to join in the discussions in the online forum as well as complete the activities and quizzes.

Q2: When will the course be offered?
The course is expected to be available from July 2018.

Q3: For technical support, who should I contact?
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