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Dementia needs care

Life expectancy increases all over the world. However, during the last 50 years there has been an increase in diseases linked to aging, such as dementia. It is estimated that in few years, the number of people with dementia will dramatically be increased. Both societies and families aren’t ready to deal with the consequences.

Dementia is the syndrome that reduces progressively brain and cognitive functions. Problems in memory, speech and concentration are located. As a result, there are difficulties in daily and social life of those people. Dementia is a disease, which does not only affect the patient, but also his family.

 

Caregivers of people with dementia

People with dementia cannot live alone at home without help, as they become unable for basic functions. Most care for people with dementia is provided by family and friends. Many of carers of people living with dementia are not prepared for this. Lack of experience and competences leads to uncertainty in how they cope with these difficulties.

 

Taking care of people with dementia is stressful

The need of training for caregivers of people living with dementia will be covered by the European project D-Care (Erasmus+, KA2). Through the creation of an educational e-platform, caregivers of people with dementia (professionals and non-professionals) will be able to acquire the basic skills and competences they need, in order to provide quality services. Enhancement of their skills will contribute to the maintenance of the quality of daily life and autonomy of people living with dementia and their caregivers.