The Department of Health has published evidence on the need for dementia education. These findings highlight the need for future research on dementia education and also indicate that workforce skills gaps exist across sectors. The Department of Health’s literature review found that workplace learning research on the topic shows similarities in the factors that influence learner and facilitator outcomes, and also suggests that some factors are specific to the sector. Further research is needed to better understand the reasons behind these differences. This article will discuss some of these commonalities and their implications for future learning initiatives in this field.
Research into dementia education has focused on the content, design, and knowledge of healthcare professionals. It has also focused on how to teach the subject. Gallagher and colleagues have examined teaching methods and assessment approaches that have been effective in changing practice behavior. The researchers found that structured training programs helped learners adapt to the new behaviors they acquired through the learning process. These studies suggest that a framework with well-defined goals can help staff to learn better. For example, by providing training on cognitive impairment, participants are more likely to improve their ability to recognize the signs of dementia.
ACT on Alzheimer’s Disease (ACT on Alzheimer’s) has published a list of dementia training programs. Their website contains information on how to find a training that suits your needs. These programs are provided by local organizations and nonprofits that focus on dementia and related diseases. The ACT on Aging provides a list of resources for those looking for an education program for people with dementia. It also offers training for professionals in a variety of settings and levels of practice.
Research conducted in this area shows that technology-enabled approaches to dementia education are highly effective. They include online, web-based, distance, and mobile learning. Single intervention studies, whether online or in the classroom, are also included. The evaluation criteria for a blended approach, as well as single interventions, will include both the effectiveness and utility of the method used. In addition, they will consider the learning style of participants and staff. They will also consider the content of the training course.
The literature reveals that low education is associated with an increased risk of dementia. Among those who report a low educational level, it is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, the importance of high-quality dementia training is apparent. However, the research has shown that these programs have a high impact on improving care for people with dementia. Although the literature on this topic is mixed, a study of this type of program has positive results.
A web-based program is also a useful resource for dementia care. The use of the Web-based format is cost-effective and flexible. For example, people with Alzheimer’s disease turn to trusted professionals for information. In addition, the Dementia Curriculum is an online course that will benefit multiple disciplines. The flyer outlines the modules and learning objectives for each module. These materials can be used freely and can be tailored to different audiences.