Praise the Lord … He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble … (Psalm 147:1-6a).
The Psalmist begins by inviting us to “Praise the Lord”, and then tells us exactly who the Lord is: healer, creator, and sustainer. God is not too great or mighty to care for those who are broken-hearted and wounded. That includes those who are living with dementia. While there is no limit to God’s understanding, our understanding is sadly limited. However, with God’s help and our effort, any of us can grow in our understanding of dementia.
In 2014 I had the privilege of completing the “Understanding Dementia” MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through the University of Tasmania. As its name suggests, this is an online course which helps people to understand dementia. I was able to work at my own pace without having to do any exams. The lectures were given by qualified academics who had chosen excellent videos and clips. The whole course was free of charge, and I even received a certificate at the end.
In 2016 I completed the next in the series: “Preventing Dementia”. This was equally informative and sound.
My own “Discussing Dementia” presentations not only refer to these two MOOCs, but present some of their material. After all, why reinvent the wheel?
Registrations for the next “Understanding Dementia” MOOC end on 31st July. The course begins anytime from 10th July, so if you register after the 10th you will be able to start straightaway. It is wonderful to see that 8,000 people had already registered by 5th July.
You may be interested in the poster:
The following link will take you to the UTAS site:
Do yourself and do others a favour. Learn more about dementia, and take your part in working with God to heal some of the broken-hearted and to bind up their wounds.