Working with People with Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia


Although dementia is characterised by memory loss and other cognitive impairments, psychological and behavioural symptoms such as depression, delusions and wandering are also very common. These non-cognitive symptoms can severely affect quality of life both for people with dementia and for their carers.

This online course explains why non-cognitive symptoms occur in dementia, and how to assess and manage them. It shows how person-centred models of care can improve the experience of people living with dementia, and help health and social care professionals manage challenging behaviours.

The full course takes approximately 7 hours to complete and includes many case examples, video presentations, self-test quizzes and exercises, and links to evidence.

  • Introduction to Dementia: The key clinical features and causes of dementia, plus a brief overview of the cognitive symptoms.
  • Non-Cognitive Symptoms of Dementia: The psychological, behavioural and neurovegetative symptoms of dementia: what causes them, and how to assess and manage them.
  • Working with People Living with Dementia: Insights into the subjective experience of living with dementia, and how interactions with caregivers can have a powerful impact on this experience. The module also explains several person centred models of care and the evidence for their effectiveness.
  • Psychological Interventions to Manage Challenging Behaviour: Tools to help understand and address challenging behaviours.

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