Caring for adults
Caring for adults

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Caring for adults

2.4 Dementia

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of cognitive disorders. In cognitive disorders the individual loses their ability to think and might even lose their memory completely. Complete amnesia is very rare but the most common and prevalent type of cognitive disorder is dementia. The best-known type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. It is found mainly in older people but it can occur much earlier as a pre-senile dementia. Other well-known types of dementia are vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with Lewy Bodies.

Features of dementia include:

  • gradual memory loss
  • inability to think through problems in everyday life
  • inertia (inactivity)
  • losing the ability to communicate and interact appropriately.

The Alzheimer’s Society [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] has useful information about dementia, such as diagnosis and caring for a person with dementia.

CYM-CFA-E1

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371