The Association’s main goals are: the provision of assistance to patients with dementia using non-pharmaceutical interventions, counselling for caregivers of individuals with dementia (over 500 caregivers have been supported and trained), and training of health professionals (over 120 persons have been trained). Additionally, the Association also raises awareness of the general population regarding the disease, participates in research programs, and publishes relevant articles in various journals. Moreover, the Association has conducted memory testing for seniors, trained certain population groups such as taxi drivers and policemen (over 100 people) on how to deal with individuals that have dementia, and has provided cognitive training to seniors in the Open Protection Centers for the Elderly (OPCEs) of Larisa Prefecture as well as to elderly residents living in care homes in Larisa, Trikala, and Karditsa.
Program for Individuals with Dementia, Individuals with Mild Cognitive Deficiencies, and their Caregivers
The grant regards the creation of a multi-faceted program that will serve individuals with dementia along with their caregivers, as well as persons with mild cognitive deficiencies. Individuals with dementia and their caregivers will receive a variety of care at home services by health professionals, such as nursing, physical therapy, psychological support, mental strengthening, and will also be trained in using digital tools to take advantage of services daily. For example, the beneficiaries will be trained in the use of tablets as a tool for mental strengthening sessions. The learning of new activities contributes to the creation and regeneration of neural networks as proven by research. Additionally, for those seniors with mild cognitive deficiencies, learning the use of a tablet provides them with excellent cognitive training, increases their mental stock, and reduces the risk of them developing dementia. The program will last twelve months and its team will be composed of 2 nurses, 2 psychologists, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, pathologist doctor and a computer technician. Twenty individuals with dementia will receive the program’s services, as well as their twenty caregivers. In addition, forty seniors with mild cognitive deficiencies will also benefit from the services of the program, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to at least eighty.