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Dementia Care (Part-time)

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Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

Ideal for caregivers and family members interested in building on the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to care for those with dementia, the goal of the program is to enhance quality of life, health and wellness for those with dementia. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with persons with dementia, fellow health care providers, and family members who must work collaboratively to support the patient. Students will also learn how to plan and organize caregiving strategies with health professionals. Prospective applicants may include paraprofessionals, volunteers with varying educational backgrounds, and the general public.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program in order to graduate.

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN1732 Overview of Dementia Care
Description: Providing a holistic model of care for dementia patients is the philosophy used in this course. Students explore differences between normal aging and dementia, and learn about the assessment and diagnosis of this disease. Appropriate physical and emotional environment, as well as the effects of dementia on patients, caregivers, and the family are discussed. The role of research and the importance of public and professional education are also discussed.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
OLRN1734 Creating a Dementia Care Skills Kit
Description: This course allows participants to explore a variety of dementia care skills including creating meaningful programs and activities, therapeutic caregiving strategies, needs communication messaging models (NCM), life stories, and compassionate communication.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
OLRN1736 Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Dementia Care
Description: Specific communication skills are required throughout the progressive stages of dementia. Dementia-specific approaches to communication, problem-solving, and cueing are reviewed. Working in teams, with families, and inter-agency partners to effect change and ensure quality programming for dementia patients are explored.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2
OLRN1742 Empowerment in Dementia Care
Description: Examine ways that caregivers and those with dementia can ensure, maintain and enhance their quality of life. Topics include end-of-life care, development and training, caregiver integrity, affecting change in the workplace, work-life balance.
Hours: 24
Credits: 2


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Debbie Richardson,, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2488

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