Dementia is a decline in mental abilities that usually progresses slowly, in which memory, thinking, and judgement are impaired, and the personality may deteriorate.
It usually develops slowly, and affects mainly those aged over 60.
It is one of the most important causes of disability in the elderly in Spain, Bulgaria and Turkey (WHO). With an increasing proportion of the elderly in many populations, the number of dementia affected patients will rise also (expected to raise with 12% in the next 10 years in Spain, 20% in the next 10 years in Bulgaria and Turkey).
The care and support for these elderly has a serious impact on their families.
Especially taking into consideration that there is not enough information available towards the behavioural and attitudinal challenges one will face when living with a person with dementia.
There are no non-formal trainings on that topic available that present in an understandable manner the strategies and tips that can support those that are supporting their family member with a dementia.
- as learners: adults (aged 16-29) who are caring (non-formally) about their family member affected by dementia
- as trainers: Adult trainers and educators, coordinators/ managers of volunteering NGOs who are providing non-formal care services
- as beneficiaries from the improved services: people with dementia, their families, NGOs/Unions of people with disabilities and elderly people, policy makers in the field of health and social care