Welcome

Format
NS4028 is a blended learning module: we will meet in DCU for 4 full days, but the rest of your learning will be guided online, through DCU’s Virtual Learning Platform, the Loop. This will be explained and explored with you on your first day of lectures, and a Help section will also be available within the online space.
Our first lectures will take place in the first 2 days of term, Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September. The first day will cover a general presentation of the module and technical help as well as lectures.

Content
As explained in the welcome video, the module will cover three approaches to therapeutic interaction with people with dementia, cognitive approaches to supporting function and building resilience, emotion led communication, and dyadic approaches to care. For more information, see the Module descriptor.

Before you start
The module descriptor contains a list of recommended readings. Before we meet on Monday, we would like you to have done some preparatory work:
– start a personal reflection on identity, which will be crucial for our first lectures.
On a large piece of paper, draw a line, which will represent your life, and separate it in 7 years chunks (1 to 7, 7 to 14, 14 to 21, etc.) In each section, write one or two important events (starting school, new sibling…). Then, think of the pivotal moments in your life, times when your life took on a new direction, when you could have taken a different paths, times which matter deeply to who you are now (this doesn’t have to be a momentous event as we usually understand them – for a writer, it could be learning how to read, for an equestrian rider, the first time they saw a horse). Mark 5 to 7 pivotal events on your timeline. At the end of the timeline, who is the “you” looking back, with regards to your own context but also to what you bring to people with dementia.
– A short online exercise on personality awareness. Go to this address, and take the quiz: http://kevan.org/johari

Assessment
Your final assessment will take the form of a portfolio of work done on each topic. For these assignments, you will work in pair, and will meet your partner both in your place of work and online for further reflections.

Module Therapeutic responses to people with dementia