Singapore University of Social Sciences

Dementia Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach (GER517)


Dementia Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach focuses on the prevalence and awareness of the implications of dementia as an age-related disease in our society. Students will learn about the medical as well as social aspects of dementia, including the symptoms and behavioural effects. The socioeconomic consequences for the individual, the family and the society will be discussed. Medical and functional assessment protocol for a patient with dementia will be covered in this course. A wide spectrum of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions will be interactively shared by experts from the field. Research findings in the typologies of dementia, and relevant programmes that can delay the progression of the disease are included. To increase the students’ experiential learning, an agency visit will also be organised. Comparison of policy frameworks implemented in different developed nations will conclude the course.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Understanding dementia and the sub-types
  • Prevalence of dementia
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Skills in relating to dementia clients
  • Field trip to an agency serving dementia clients
  • Caregivers support and training
  • Designing interventions at agency level
  • Economic and social impact of dementia on families and society
  • Contemporary research
  • Policy challenges
  • Potential issues and problems

Learning Outcome

  • differentiate between different types and stages of dementia
  • analyse the socioeconomic consequences of dementia in an ageing population
  • design and explain different types of interventions suitable for people with dementia
  • apply the new research in the field of dementia
  • discuss and compare different policy frameworks related to mental capacity in old age
  • improve skills in assessment and evaluation of people with dementia
  • develop innovative approaches and interventions appropriate in the local context for older people with cognitive impairments
  • demonstrate ability to undertake leadership roles in an agency serving dementia clients
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