What is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term that includes a number of different types of diseases that affect the brain, each with it own set of symptoms. Memory impairment is the hallmark feature of dementia, affecting social and occupational functioning, but it is not always the first sign of dementia. Sometimes difficulty with judgement, reasoning and insight may occur before signs of memory loss are noticed.
Dementia includes Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Disease (FTD), Mixed Dementias, and other forms of Dementia.

The Geriatric Certificate Program

Did you know DementiAbility Methods and Communication Tips and Tools for Dementia are two of the required courses to get your Geriatric Certificate from McMaster University? The Geriatric Certificate Program is a continuing education program through McMaster University that offers specialized courses in geriatric care. The required courses are based on scientific evidence, come with many testimonials from others in the field and consistently link knowledge to practice. The planning and development of the GCP has been reviewed and endorsed by the McMaster Continuing Health Sciences Education Office; each graduate earns a GCP certificate of completion.

Interested in learning more? Check out the Geriatric Certificate Website here!

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FTD Resources:

To learn more about FTD, visit When Dementia is in the House, a website designed to help families who have a loved one with FTD and/or download the PFD book:Frank and Tess Detectives! which is a children's activity book about Frontotemporal Degeneration.

Visit the Alzheimer's Society websites to learn more about the different types of dementia and there community resources available in your area. There are local chapters around the world. Canada: http://alzheimer.ca/en/Home

Visit the Alzheimer's Society website to learn more about the terms and definitions.

In the news - Alzheimer
The Alzheimer Society funds research to find a cure and support quality of life for people living with dementia. Alzheimer Society Research Program

Alzheimer's Disease International
Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) is the worldwide federation of Alzheimer associations, which support people with dementia and their families.

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