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Prevention, Screening, Diagnosis and Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Who Develop Dementia


As life expectancy for people with developmental disabilities increases, they are at higher risk to develop dementia. This four-part, on-line learning series introduces learners to the important topic of dementia in people with developmental disabilities.

The learning series targets interdisciplinary health professionals, physicians, Community Living BC staff and Community Living Society providers who work with this population and who encounter dementia related issues for aging individuals.  Learn more by exploring the full series below.  You can work through each module at your own pace.

Module 1: Promoting Brain Health

(25 minutes)

The first module in this four-part learning series examines the relationship between chronic disease, brain health and dementia risks. Learn how to assess risk factors and promote brain health strategies to reduce the risk of dementia for individuals with a developmental disability.


Module 2: Screening and Early Detection of Dementia

(18 minutes)

The second module in this four-part learning series identifies the four domains of early cognitive change (thinking, behaviour, function and mood), and provides practical screening tools for front-line providers to enable early detection and referral for diagnosis.

Module 3: The Pathway to Diagnosis

(16 minutes)

The focus of this third module is on understanding the diagnostic pathway, and how to best provide support and information for the individual, family and their support network throughout this process, as well as immediately following the diagnosis of dementia.


Module 4: Addressing Dementia Related Needs

(14 minutes)

The fourth and final module of this four-part learning series highlights the changing care needs of individuals with developmental disabilities across the journey of dementia, from the earliest signs of cognitive impairment, through the early, middle, late and palliative stages of dementia.

Project Development and Script Writing by: Elisabeth Antifeau, RN, MScN, CHPCN(C), GNC(C), Regional Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS-C), Palliative End of Life Care, Interior Health Regional Palliative End of Life Care Program, Pallium Canada Master Facilitator & Coach, Scientific Consultant

Original Project Funding (2014) kindly provided by the Alzheimer’s Society of BC and BC Ministry of Health with residual funding received from the Grant to Improve Dementia Care in BC.

Module Development by Jel Protection Ltd (2014)
Module Conversions and Updates by Shane Van De Sype (2021)