Community Supports for People with Dementia

Nursing 511: Community Supports for People with Dementia

Offered online Summer 2021!
A 2-3* variable credit service learning seminar over 12 weeks (May 24 – August 15, 2021)
Course size is capped at 25 students
No prerequisites
Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students

By 2035, some 202,000 Wisconsinites will be living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. More than two-thirds of people with dementia are cared for in the community by family members and friends.

What will you do as a future professional, to improve care and supports for people living with dementia and their family caregivers?

This course provides an introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, with a focus on community supports for people living with dementia. Students will work across disciplines to learn how different areas of society can become dementia friendly and how to integrate relevant approaches in their future careers.

As part of this service learning course, students volunteer 25 hours over the summer term with dementia friendly community groups. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working with our community partners to identify ways that students can work remotely with them to strengthen supports for people with dementia and their caregivers.

* 3 credit students submit a research paper on implications of dementia friendly communities for their particular discipline

Our article on “Making Communities and Future Professionals More Dementia Friendly” describes the development of the course.

For more information, contact course instructor Sarah Endicott, DNP, APNP, GNP-BC at