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.