A week of Dementia in the Danube region

Within the Interreg INDEED project, which has started on 1 July, the NPO & SE Compe­tence Center provides busi­nes­s-­re­lated know­ledge in order to reach impro­ve­ments in the field of dementia in Central and Eastern Euro­pean coun­tries. Stimu­la­ting (social) entre­pre­neu­rial activity depicts one of three buil­ding blocks aiming to close gaps in the supply of demen­ti­a-­re­lated services.

At the Interreg INDEED Kick-off meeting in Munich, one of the key topics was how to enhance demen­ti­a-fri­endly socie­ties in Central and Eastern Europe. For two days, an inter­di­sci­pli­nary team worked on this and further related ques­tions in the field of dementia diagnosis, therapy, and care. Chris­tian Schober, Katha­rina Weber­berger, and Constanze Beeck repre­sented the NPO & SE Compe­tence Center.

Results from a preli­mi­nary survey conducted by the NPO & SE Compe­tence Center disclose, amongst others, a pronounced diver­gence between urban and rural areas (with largely insuf­fi­cient supply in the latter), late or absent diagnosis (which limits possi­bi­li­ties for therapy), and a lack of alter­na­tive care settings as key chal­lenges. In order to tackle these chal­lenges, brin­ging toge­ther all involved profes­sions and stake­hol­ders appears to be an important step.

The second stop leads us to Graz, where Chris­tian Schober and Katha­rina Weber­berger attended a Confe­rence on the Austrian Stra­tegy for Dementia "Gut Leben mit Demenz". One critical step in crea­ting demen­ti­a-fri­endly socie­ties is raising awareness both among deci­sion makers and the general public. In this regard, the BMASK has recently published a guide for employees in public trans­port how to support passen­gers with forget­ful­ness. More infor­ma­tion on the Austrian Stra­tegy for Dementia may be obtained from https://www.demenz­stra­tegie.at/.

On the third and last stop in Ljubljana, Chris­tian Schober and Katha­rina Weber­berger attended the ASK 2018 Confe­rence by Spominčika (Slove­nian for forge­t-­me-not flower). Dementia and the "fear that the body survives the brain" are major societal issues, and accor­dingly incre­a­sing atten­tion is paid to both preven­tion and early diagnosis. As outlined by Zvezdan Pirtošek, poten­ti­ally modi­fiable risk factors involve low educa­tional level in childhood, hearing loss, hyper­ten­sion, obesity, smoking, depres­sion, physical inac­tivity, social isola­tion, and diabetes. For example, rese­arch shows that learning another language may delay the onset of dementia by several years.

The INDEED project is a great oppor­tu­nity to collec­tively work on impro­ve­ments in the field of dementia. News and further details of the project may be obtained from www.inter­re­g-da­nube.eu/appro­ve­d-­pro­jects/indeed.

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