Learning about dementia

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Dementia - learning about dementiaThere are lots of different resources available to help people learn more about dementia. Whether you have dementia yourself, are a carer, or work with people with dementia different learning packages are available.

You can find out more from the following places:


Wiltshire libraries
Wiltshire libraries hold a range of information about dementia. Find out more by visiting the online library catalogue or by visiting your nearest Wiltshire library.

Alzheimer’s Society factsheets
Alzheimer's Society factsheets cover a wide range of dementia-related topics. The online factsheets can be saved as a PDF, printed as seen on screen, or emailed to a friend.
For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.

Dementia Friends
Become a Dementia Friend or volunteer as a dementia champion.  A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch our online video, Dementia Friends learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling others about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.   

Carer training
Alzheimer’s Support, Alzheimer’s Society and Carer Support Wiltshire organise training sessions for carers of people with dementia. These sessions are designed for relatives and friends, rather than care workers. The training covers information such as what dementia is, how to support someone who has dementia, and how to plan for the future.
More information can be found at the Carer Support Wiltshire website.

Kwango e-learning
Wiltshire Council now has several e-learning packages for workers, service users, carers and others across Wiltshire. These are funded by Wiltshire Council and made widely available via the internet. The e-learning packages cover a variety of topics, including:

  • Carers Awareness
  • Dementia
  • Direct payments
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Personal assistant induction
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • Person centred thinking
  • Understanding autism

If you work in a public sector organisation in Wiltshire and would like access to any of these e-learning courses please contact learning@wiltshire.gov.uk


Social Care Institute for Excellence e-learning: The Open Dementia Programme
The Open Dementia e-learning programme is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with someone with dementia and provides a general introduction to the disease and the experience of living with dementia.

This programme is designed to be accessible to a wide audience and to make learning as enjoyable as possible, meaning users can fully interact with the content which includes videos, audio sections and graphics to make the content come alive.  The programme includes a considerable amount of video footage shot by the Alzheimer’s Society and SCIE where people with dementia and their carers share their views and feelings on camera.

For more information, visit the Dementia Page on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website.


NHS Choices
NHS Choices provides a range of information about dementia, including the symptoms and causes. There are also real life stories about people who live with dementia. For more information visit the NHS Choices Pages about Dementia.

Other training providers 

Contented Dementia Trust - for carers
The Contented Dementia Trust promotes the lifelong well-being of people with dementia by providing a range of courses and services to their carers. An independent charitable organisation based in Burford, Oxfordshire with an innovative approach to the care of people with dementia, courses are for Family & Friends  and Health Professionals.  Family and Friends Courses are designed for those who are personally concerned about a family member or friend with dementia. Health professionals whose work brings them into contact with people with dementia are also offered courses.  For more information visit http://www.contenteddementiatrust.org/


Butterfly Scheme - for hospital staff
A UK-wide hospital scheme for people who live with dementia or whose memory isn’t as reliable as it used to be. Staff in member hospitals are trained to use a system of care which promotes safety and well-being, regardless of how reliable your memory is. You can request that care by opting to display a special Butterfly symbol; the staff then know what to do to help you.  For more information visit http://butterflyscheme.org.uk/


Dementia Care Matters - for care home staff
Dementia Care Matters are a leading international dementia care culture change organisation. We provide consultancy, learning development, training resources and practice based research. We believe a new culture of care comes from focussing on a model of emotional intelligence.  For more information visit http://www.dementiacarematters.com/index.html


Related Information

Dementia Menu

Information about dementia and where to get help if you are newly diagnosed

Dementia - further help and next stages 


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Last reviewed 23rd June 2017; Last updated 16th March 2018