About project 2017-01-13T14:14:32+02:00

Project description

Living with Dementia

Dementia is the most common neurodegenerative mental disease among elderly therefor it is not a coincidence it has an important place within a Resolution on the mental health in the Republic of Slovenia 2014-2018, which is in making.

Complex social and economic impacts of growing share of elderly persons and dementia patients require fast-track actions and searching for most suitable ways to manage and treat issues of such kind. There are very few researches in relation to dementia in Slovenia, especially those in which needs for services and other forms of support to persons living with dementia in their own environment would be recorded together with users and their relatives.

The project wishes to get as close to the needs of persons with dementia and their relatives as possible by adjusting existent services and developing new ones, at the same time it introduces a pilot multidisciplinary treatment by establishing the Centre for support with dementia. We are convinced that the centre will offer one of the positive practices, since it will provide support to people living with dementia, their carers and next-of-kin in once place. The centre will provide support in form of counselling by various professionals, information on services and other support, education, various workshops and trainings, self-help groups and a network of qualified volunteers (especially for people with dementia and for cooperation with their relatives).

General project objective

General project objective is improvement of services for people living with dementia and their relatives.

Specific project objectives

  • To prepare and to carry out an analysis, which will help to identify the needs for adjusted services for persons living with dementia and to identify form of support, which will be of help to their relatives,
  • To establish the Centre for dementia, which will enable quicker identification of dementia symptoms for relatives,
  • To develop at least one work programme for working with people with dementia and to supplement at least one current service for people with dementia in the community and to strengthen support for relatives,
  • To educate and to raise awareness of the population in the region,
  • To provide and to qualify volunteers for help to families with people with dementia,
  • To exchange information in relation to the management of dementia, development of services in the community and to gain additional knowledge with support by the Norwegian partner,
  • To make an evaluation of the project and to present it as a possible example to other interested municipalities resp. to spread it throughout Slovenia in the future.

Target groups

The target groups are people living with dementia, their carers and relatives, professional staff, which will be qualified for working in the centre, volunteers and wider public though different forms of information and education on dementia.

The Centre for dementia

One of the specific objectives is to establish the Centre for dementia. For this purpose professionals will be selected, who will receive education for cooperation in a multidisciplinary team (physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist).
Within the project partners will also prepare a work programme for the centre, which will include various education and training, counselling, support, self-help group and similar activities.

The centre will provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment in terms of counselling and education, numerous workshops/trainings and all the necessary information on services and different forms of support for people living with dementia and their relatives, offered by various service providers and non-governmental organizations.

The project started in February 2015 and is scheduled to run until the end of December 2016 with the financial support by the Norwegian Financial Mechanisms 2009-2014 and the programme operator in Slovenia, the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy.

PROGRESS – ACTIVITIES – RESULTS 

  • 15.10.2015: Presentation of the project and the state of dementia at the premises of the City district of Dolgo polje, Celje
  • 6.10.2015: Presentation of the project and possibilities of cooperation in its activities at the Meeting of Volunteers 2015, Regional Association of Pensioner’s Organizations, Vojnik
  • 29.9.2015: Course – Lot 4: DEMENTIA TREATMENT, asist. dr. Milica Gregorič Kramberger, dr. med., spec. neurology, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Dept. of Neurology
  • 24.9.2015: Presentation of the project to a wider public within an event Market of Generations, organized by the Intergenerational Centre Celje
  • 22.9.2015: Course – Lot 3: DEMENTIA TYPES, asist. dr. Milica Gregorič Kramberger, dr. med., spec. neurology, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Dept. of Neurology
  • 21.9.2015: Presentation of the project to a wider public on World Alzheimer’s Day, City centre Celje
  • 15.9.2015: Course – Lot 2: INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS DEMENTIA, prof. dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek, dr. med., University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Head of Dept. of Neurology
  • 8.9.2015: Course – Lot 1: AGE AND ELDERLY,   prof. dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek, dr. med., University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Head of Dept. of Neurology
  • 3.9.2015: Presentation of the project to a professional public at the 25th Alzheimer Europe conference, Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana
  • 12.8.2015: 3rd Focus Group meeting
  • 5.8.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 27.7.2015: 2nd Focus Group meeting
  • 23.7.2015: 1st Focus Group meeting
  • 9.7.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 23.6.2015: Preliminary lecture: INTRODUCTION INTO DEMENTIA: what, why, where, how …, prof. dr. Zvezdan Pirtošek, dr. med., University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Head of Dept. of Neurology
  • 22.6.2015: Presentation of the project and possibilities of cooperation in its activities at the meeting of volunteers active within a project “Elderly for Elderly”, Regional Association of Pensioner’s organizations
  • 5.6.2015: Presentation of the project, education programmes and possibilities of cooperation for representatives of city districts and local communities of municipalities Celje, Vojnik, Laško, Šentjur, Štore and Dobrna
  • 4.6.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 4.6.2015: Participation in a Workshop for project promoters of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Programme 2009-2014 and EEA Financial Mechanism programme 2009-2014
  • 20.5.2015: Presentation of the project to a wider public within an event »Learning Parade– Lifelong learning Week 2015«, Celje
  • 16.5.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 17.4.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 11.4.2015: Presentation of the project to a wider public within an event »Celje Healthy town«
  • 30.30.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia
  • 09.3.2015: Steering Group meeting of the project Living with dementia