Delirium, Depression, and Dementia in Older Adults- OS Employees Only

Developed in partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.

Who is this for?

This microcredential aims to address the gap in mental health care environment and better prepare interprofessional healthcare workforces (allied health, social work etc.) who are working in mental health care settings.


equips learners with the essential skills to accurately differentiate between dementia, depression, and delirium in elderly patients/clients/residents. Through comprehensive training in screening and assessment tools, analysis of physical, verbal, and non-verbal behavior, examination of person history, and evaluation of current medications and treatments, learners will develop the proficiency needed to make informed diagnoses between the 3 Ds. This microcredential ensures learners can confidently identify the underlying conditions, enabling appropriate and timely interventions for optimal patient care and well-being.


In partnership with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


Week 1: Welcome


Yellowdig Community

Week 2: Meet Robert

Part 1: Physical Changes in 3Ds

Part 2: Sleep-wake Cycle, Cognitive Changes in 3Ds

Part 3: Onset/Fluctuating Course in 3Ds & Common Assessment/Screening Tools

Week 3: Meet Scott

Part 1: Behavioral Changes in 3Ds

Part 2: Cognitive Changes (con’t), Psychomotor Changes in 3Ds

Part 3: Verbal Communication/Speech in 3Ds 

Week 4: Meet Neela

Part 1: Behavioral Changes in 3Ds

Part 2: Cognitive Changes (con’t)

Part 3: Verbal Communication/Speech in 3Ds

Skills Verification Activity 1

Week 5: 8 A’s of Dementia

Anosognosia, Agnosia, Aphasia, Apraxia

altered perception, amnesia, apathy and attentional deficits.

Skills Verification Activity 2

Week 6: Key Takeaways



Learner Benefits

Better prepare staff working in mental health care settings
Identify physical/verbal/non-verbal behaviors and associated with each 3 Ds
Choose appropriate screening/assessment tool to differentiate between the 3 Ds
Network with sector professionals

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the course start?

    Facilitator-led course start times can be found next to the course names and descriptions.
  • How much time is required of me?

    Microcredentials typically require between 2-3 hours a week of course work. For Facilitator- led microcredentials, there is one hour a week of on-line instruction from the facilitator.
  • Do I have to show up for class?

    Attendance during facilitated time is highly recommended as it provides the most value to the microcredentials with time to learn from industry experts, network with classmates, and deeper understanding of content. However, attendance is not mandatory and all sessions are recorded and posted afterwards on the learning platform.
  • How am I evaluated?

    What makes a TALENT microcredential different is the final assessment. There are weekly multiple choice questions that will guide your learning progress then learners are given a final assignment where they will apply their learning to a practical assignment. A facilitator will evaluate the final assignment and award a digital badge if the final assignment is completed successfully.
  • How long is the course?

    Microcredentials are 6 weeks long with 2-3 hours a week of course work.
  • Will this microcredential get me a job?

    Microcredentials are a great way to differentiate yourself when searching for a job. The digital badge can be added to social platforms and resumes to demonstrate your skills. TALENT works closely with learners to guide and advise on learner's career journeys.
  • Is there any financial assistance?

    We never want finances to be a reason why learners can't improve their skills and gain meaningful employment. If you have any questions about financial assistance, please reach out to us directly (

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