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What is Self-Management?

(dementia & self-management - MODULE ONE)


This course has been specifically written for people living with dementia, in order to help you to take control of your life and develop some autonomy.  It is based on the booklet 'Dementia and Self-Management: Peer-to-Peer Resource', which has been written and researched by people living with dementia.  

Members of the group had often heard professionals, service providers and policy makers using the term 'self-management' when talking about the lives of people living with dementia, but they did not know what was meant by the term.  After first receiving a diagnosis, many of the group had been left largely alone for a number of years, in effect to self-manage their lives and conditions. 

But they were unable to give a clear definition or guidance from official or medical sources of what 'self management' was, so they were keen to find out what the term meant to people living with forms of dementia in different circumstances and how the idea affected their everyday lives.

This course is based on the research and findings.  Parts of the booklet will be provided throughout this Three Part Course, alongside sections of a radio interview (Deepness Dementia Radio) and a video interview that the research team gave. 

In this first part of the course (Module One) you will be learning about the background of the research undertaken and the booklet produced, which will lay a foundation for the rest of the course.  You will also be exploring what do we mean by 'self-management', both for yourself and hearing from other people living with dementia.  You will guided through the module by James and Agnes who both have lived with dementia for many years.   

The module consists of a mixture of written learning materials, exercises, a video, audio files, files to download, a checklist and a discussion forums to learn from each other.

To access this course, you will need to self enrol on the course.  This is really easy, just follow the instructions and provide your name, email address and a password.

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