Interreg Danube Transnational Programme: Innovation for Dementia in the Danube Region (INDEED)

As a conse­quence of demo­gra­phic change dementia is beco­ming a growing chal­lenge for the health and social systems in all coun­tries of the Danube region. To tackle this chal­lenge some regions are not opti­mally prepared. The most frequent short­co­m­ings include (1) insuf­fi­cient know­ledge and (2) poor coope­ra­tion among occupa­tional groups involved in dementia care, as well as (3) lack of demen­ti­a-­spe­cific faci­li­ties such as day care centres or special care units in nursing homes. Funded by the Euro­pean Union, the project INDEED (INnova­tion for DEmentia in thE Danube Region; dura­tion 1.7.2018 – 30.6.2021) is an initia­tive compri­sing 20 part­ners from 10 coun­tries. Its overall objec­tive is to cont­ri­bute to the impro­ve­ment of dementia care in the coun­tries of the Danube region and to the imple­men­ta­tion of national dementia plans. To this end the project adopts a top-down stra­tegy. INDEED aims at streng­the­ning compe­tences, coope­ra­tion and inno­va­tion poten­tial of rele­vant insti­tu­tions (occupa­tional educa­tion and trai­ning, policy makers, profes­sional boards, muni­cipal admi­nis­tra­tions, chari­ties, nursing home opera­tors, social enter­prises and star­t-ups). Through capa­city buil­ding at the insti­tu­ti­o-nal level the project seeks to achieve a broad and sustainable impro­ve­ment of care prac­tice invol­ving all rele­vant actors.

For the above insti­tu­tions three modules will be deve­l­oped:

  • CAMPUS – a program of inter­pro­fes­sional educa­tion to enhance demen­ti­a-­re­lated know­ledge and compe­tence (targe­ting deficit 1);

  • CONNECT – a networ­king tool to support inter­pro­fes­sional and inter­in­sti­tu­tional coope­ra­tion (targe­ting deficit 2);

  • COACH – busi­ness coun­se­ling to stimu­late entre­pre­neu­rial activity in the filed of dementia care (targe­ting deficit 3).

The three modules will be elabo­rated in tradi­tional (presen­ta­tions, semi­nars, printed docu­ments) and inter­net­based formats (e-le­arning programmes, webi­nars) and evaluated in pilot actions at selected sites. In colla­bo­ra­tion with deci­sion makers from minis­tries and public admi­nis­tra­tions the modules will be adjusted to prac­tical and local needs. Finally, the inter­ven­tion package will be provided to all inte­rested stake­hol­ders within and beyond the project region.

Project part­ners: Austria: The Brain Company, Gmunden; Vienna Univer­sity of Econo­mics and Busi­ness, Vienna. Bosnia and Herze­go­vina: Asso­cia­tion AiR, Sara­jevo; Ministry of Health of the Fede­ra­tion of Bosnia, Sara­jevo. Bulgaria: Medical Univer­sity of Sofia; Bulga­rian Alzheimer’s Asso­cia­tion, Sofia. Croatia: Univer­sity of Zagreb; City of Zagreb; Ministry of Health of the Repu­blic of Croatia, Zagreb. Czech Repu­blic: National Insti­tute of Mental Health, Prague; Medi­Ware Medical Engi­nee­ring, Prague. Germany: Klinikum rechts der Isar of Tech­nical Univer­sity Munich; Bava­rian State Ministry of Health and Care, Munich; Bava­rian Rese­arch Alli­ance, Munich; German Alzheimer’s Asso­cia­tion, Berlin. Hungary: Social Cluster Asso­cia­tion, Buda­pest. Romania: Roma­nian Alzheimer’s Asso­cia­tion, Bucha­rest. Slovak Repu­blic: Memory Centre Bratis­lava; Slovak Medical Asso­cia­tion, Bratis­lava; Slovenia: Univer­sity of Ljubljana.

Coor­di­nator: Prof. Dr. Alex­ander Kurz (a.kurz@tum.de)
Project Manager:
Lea Pfäffel, M.Sc. (lea.pfaef­fel@tum.de)

Mag.Dr.rer.soc.oec. Christian Schober
Christian Schober
Wissenschaftlicher Leiter, Senior Researcher
Aufgaben: Arbeits- und Forschungsschwerpunkte: Evaluation, SROI-Analysen, Finanzierung, Spendenverhalten, Arbeitszufriedenheit und Motivation, Altenpflege und –betreuung, Menschen mit Behinderung bzw. Barrierefreiheit
Katharina Weberberger, BA, MSc (WU)
Katharina Weberberger
Aufgaben: Fragen des gesellschaftlichen Wohlergehens, der Altenpflege und –betreuung sowie des Sozialwesens
Constanze Beeck, MSc (WU), BA, BA
Constanze Beeck
Aufgaben: Gesundheitsförderung und -prävention, Altenpflege und -betreuung