Paid Course

Training for Carers of People with Dementia - English

STAR Training is a certified course containing content which was compiled by experts in dementia care and professional care organizations.

Course Syllabus

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General Aims

The following course should enable you to:

  • Understand the various types of dementia, and which symptoms can be used to spot it 
  • Gain awareness on the struggles patients may face, both in communicating as well as in everyday tasks 
  • Learn about help that is available within multidisciplinary support services, and non-pharmacological treatments and anti-dementia drugs
  • Follow strategies that promote efficient communication, and that help patients and carers cope with consequences of dementia
  • Understand the emotional impacts of dementia, and how to care for your wellbeing and those around you

Technical Description

This educational platform uses associated methodology and content to improve the skills of carers for People with Dementia. It is based on leading dementia expertise, and will be distributed in a three-layer online community structure. The educational modules will cover, in particular, new technology-based interventions for the monitoring and support of patients. Internet and TV-based distribution will be supported. This will enable skilling and re-skilling for appropriate professional care for persons with mild dementia, even when still living in their homes and with their family. Vocational training organizations, care providers and dementia associations in all countries are welcome to contact us for possible collaboration on making online courses available in more languages.

Who is this course aimed at?

STAR is aimed at all user groups that are caring for a person with dementia from home, whether carers, relatives or professionals. It is relevant to both formal and informal carers, as well as those looking into a potential new career.

Who are the main course authors?

Basic Modules:
Module 1: Peter Kevern, Henriëtte van der Roest
Module 2: Peter Kevern, Henriëtte van der Roest
Module 3: Peter Kevern, Henriëtte van der Roest
Intermediate Modules:
Module 4: Catharina Melander, Johan E. Bengtsson, Henriëtte van der Roest
Module 5: Henriëtte van der Roest & Rose-Marie Dröes
Module 6: Henriëtte van der Roest & Rose-Marie Dröes & Franka Meiland
Module 7: Henriëtte van der Roest & Rose-Marie Dröes
Module 8: Anne Margriet Pot
Advanced Modules:
Module 3: Susan Mary Benbow, Henriëtte van der Roest
Module 4: Catharina Melander, Johan E. Bengtsson, Rose-Marie Dröes, Franka Meiland
Module 5: Rose-Marie Dröes 
Module 6: Rose-Marie Dröes 
Module 7: Henriëtte van der Roest & Rose-Marie Dröes 
Module 8: Rose-Marie Dröes
Affiliations authors, editors, graphical designers and developers of STAR Training courses
Authors and editors, The Netherlands
Prof.dr. R.M. Dröes, Dept of Psychiatry, VU University medical center, Amsterdam
Dr. F.J.M. Meiland, Dept of General Practice & Elderly Care Medicine/Gerion, VU University medical center, Amsterdam
Drs. M. Oattes, Dutch translations, translation agency Oattes
Prof.dr. A.M. Pot, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Rotterdam
Dr. H.G. van der Roest, Netherlands institute of Mental Health and Addiction (Trimbos Institute)

Authors and editors, Sweden
Catharina Melander, Lulea Technical University
Johan E. Bengtsson, Internit, Lulea
Authors and editors, UK
Dr. P. Kevern Staffordshire University, Staffordshire
S.M. Benbow Staffordshire University, Staffordshire
Prof. C.D. Nugent (English corrections and editing), University of Ulster, Jordanstown
K. Boyd (proof editing all English modules), University of Ulster, Jordanstown
P. Hartin (exercise designer), University of Ulster, Jordanstown
Authors and Editors, Italy
Francesca Abiusa, Medeaproject, I+, Florence
Editors and Web Designers
Silvia Stefanescu Hrin (layout) SynopsisMedia, Timisoara, Romania
Ovidiu Hrin SynopsisMedia (layout concept) SynopsisMedia, Timisoara, Romania
Annalisa Duca (Developer) AcrossLimits, Hamrun, Malta
Keith Spiteri (Developer) AcrossLimits, Hamrun, Malta


  • How long do I get access to this course?

    Once purchased, you will get a year’s access to the course.

  • Do I need to have any background in healthcare or dementia?

    This course provides the foundation for dementia carers, and therefore no previous experience is required.