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.

photo of an older couple looking at a laptopThis Open Lesson for Public viewing, pulled from our series of GOLD Overviews.  Our Overviews 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.


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Research 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 quality of life means to them and where an individual expresses their wishes about the 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.

This is a sample lesson from our Advance Care Planning Course for Primary Care.

For more information about how to register for these courses, please contact Gail Hawley Knowles, Manager of the Centre for Studies in Aging & Health.

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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.

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.

Photo of bed restraints - strapsThe course on “Minimizing the use of Restraints” will introduce you to the review relevant legislation and key aspects of a typical agency ‘restraint’ policy. You will find information on the common risk factors associated with restraint use and some approaches to prevention and preventative measures that can be used.

There are necessary requirements that must be met before a restraint can be used, whether the restraint is physical, chemical or environmental that are detailed within the lessons. Safe use, how to explain restraints to families, requirements for obtaining consent and lastly how you should document decisions and interventions. You will explore approaches to prevention and put your ideas into action using a case study and a variety of reflections.

Course Completion Criteria
In order to complete this course you must view and follow all the Lesson Modules and complete the Pre and Post Assessment Quizzes as well as the Course Feedback.  At that point your Completion Certificate will be available to you.

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photo of an elderly woman sucking on her fingerAlso known as: Challenging, Behavioural and Psychological Symptom's of Dementia (BPSD) or Neuropsychiatric Symptoms of Dementia (NPSD), Responsive Behaviours (RB) defined are actions, words and gestures that are a response, often intentional, to something important to a person. In older persons with dementia, responsive behaviour reflects a response to something negative, frustrating, or confusing in the person’s environment and the ensuing behavior is often detrimental to the person and those around them.

This course explores the underlying factors which contribute to responsive behaviours, how to assess and document the behaviours and effect means of treating the person and managing the behaviours.


Photo of older man seeming disoriented

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.

older man in depressive stateThis course introduces you to the relevance of depression and its impact on the lives of older people and their families. You will find information on the common risk factors, signs and symptoms, assessments and treatment that can be offered. You will explore approaches that can be helpful and put your ideas into action using a case study and a variety of reflections