Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Delirium, Dementia, and Depression in Older Adults

This five module course is designed to enhance your knowledge and abilities as you assess and care for older adults with delirium, dementia and/or depression (the “3Ds”).Each module will take you through the most up-to-date evidence on the 3Ds and finish with a case study and quiz helping you apply what you’ve learned. At the end of each module, you’ll find downloadable PDFs, self reflections/discussion guides and other resources that will enhance your learning.After completing all the modules in this course you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between delirium, dementia and depression (3Ds)
  • Identify how the three conditions overlap and are interrelated
  • Take a person and family-centred care approach to caring for older adults with the 3Ds
  • Explore a range of interventions uniquely suited to each individual’s condition, preferences, needs and abilities
  • Identify ways to support a person's health, safety and quality of life when they have one or more of the 3Ds