CIOB Academy Course

Dementia Awareness


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1 hour


Dementia Friends and the Built Environment is designed to provide you with a better understanding of dementia, how it affects people affected by the condition, and the role of the built environment to support people affected by dementia to live well.


850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, a number that is expected to rise to 1 million by 2021. We need society to support them to continue to live well. This means organisations need to be taking steps to become more dementia friendly, to support both colleagues and customers affected by dementia.

Two thirds of people with dementia still live in the community. We therefore need both their own homes and the public buildings they continue to access to be dementia friendly. However, 93% of homes lack even basic accessibility features. Across every part of the built environment sector, organisations can make a valuable contribution to support people with dementia facing these challenges to continue to live well in their own homes and community.

The first step is to become a Dementia Friend, which this elearning module will allow you to do. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer’s Society programme changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.

By completing this elearning, you will become a Dementia Friend and will be joining more than 3 million Dementia Friends in England and Wales.


Content will be delivered using the following resources in order to give a rich and informative experience:

  • Instructional elearning
  • Multimedia
  • Reflective activities
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  • Understand more about dementia and how it impacts on people both living with it and affected by it
  • Understand the small actions you can take to support customers and colleagues affected by dementia
  • Identify the ways the built environment can cause challenges for people with dementia
  • Take steps to make the built environment more dementia friendly so people with dementia can live independently for longer

The module is for those looking to better support the wellbeing of customers, end users and colleagues. The module is therefore suitable for those across every part of the construction sector.


At the end of the course there will be a short online quiz to test your understanding of the subject.

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