These courses are open to all our visitors.  We will be adding to this collection of courses which are designed for public audiences.  The course materials and modules are kept short and easy to view and follow.   Please check back as we expand the series topics.

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This course describes the presentation and progression of dementia. It explores risk factors, early warning signs, symptoms and care strategies. Woven through the course is a review of the associated impact of caregiving and how you as a professional can identify stress and provide caregiver support. The entire course is anchored in a person-centered approach to care which includes the individual and their care partner and focuses first and foremost on people as individuals.

Throughout the course you are asked to apply your learning to an ongoing case study.

This is a sample lesson for Public viewing, the first of four, from our GOLD series of courses for Health Care Professionals.

Photo of elderly woman with neck painPain is the greatest threat to comfort and a person’s quality of life. It is highly prevalent in the older population with 60-75% of people over the age of 65 reporting at least some persistent pain. Despite this, the elderly are often untreated or undertreated for pain. Effective pain management involves a collaborative team approach exploring factors that contribute to the person’s pain and working with the individual to understand their pain and meet their treatment goals.

This is a sample lesson , the first of four lessons, from our GOLD courses for Personal Support Workers, open for public viewing.

photo of an older couple looking at a laptopThis Open Lesson for Public viewing, pulled from our series of GOLD Overviews.  Our Oveviews provide introductory overviews of some of the issues that are common to physical and psychological aspects of aging.  Many of these issues arise simultaneously as we age and these are then referred to as 'co-morbidities'.

Each lesson is delivered via an interactive module which leads the viewer through a series of slides, accompanied by recorded narration which you can control by adjusting the sound or muting.


Photo of family discussion around kitchen tableResearch shows that advance care planning improves quality of life and quality end of life care. Advance care planning (ACP) involves a process of reflection and communication in which a person lets others know what kind of health and personal care they want in the future, if they were to become incapable of giving consent or refusing treatment or care. health care

This is a sample lesson , the first of three, from our ACP & HCC course for Family Health Teams, open for public viewing.


illustration of an older woman's profile with brain superimposed over skullThis course provides the foundational concepts that support the relationships between brain physiology and functionality.  Using simple illustrative graphics and presentations as well as printable information sheets that outline the unique roles of certain parts of the brain and how physiological impairment of those areas can affect function and the resulting impact on a person's physical, psychological and social performance.