Elderly with intellectual disability and the AIDA project

Elderly with intellectual disabilities and the AIDA project

Among the values of the European Union (EU) are the protection of human rights, equality and human dignity.

In Greece, as in the other EU member states, a great effort is made to ensure that all citizens have a dignified life without restrictions.

Reality shows us that there are many people with special characteristics who are still marginalised.  Such people include elderly people with mental disabilities.

People with intellectual disabilities and ageing.

Elderly with intellectual disabilities and the AIDA project

Intellectual disability is defined by the American Association on Mental Retardation as a general cognitive impairment accompanied by deficits in adaptive behavior (self-care, social skills, health-safety, work, communication, recreation, etc.).

These individuals require special treatment and care, not only during childhood but also throughout their adult life.

International research has shown that the characteristics and needs of older people with intellectual disability differ considerably from those of other older people. As a result, carers of these people are faced with many challenges that they are either unaware of or lack the skills to deal with.

The Erasmus+ AIDA project was set up to fill the education and training gap for carers of older people with intellectual disabilities.

The AIDA project and its purpose

The European project AIDA is implemented by p-consulting.gr in cooperation with 4 other organisations with many years of experience in education, training, research and care of older people.

The main purpose of the project is to equip those involved in the care of elderly people with mental retardation with specialised knowledge and practices to enable them in turn to provide these people with a safe and dignified living environment.

The project results

The implementation of the project has started in 2020 and by its completion the following deliverables are expected to be delivered:

  • Identification of the needs and characteristics of the elderly with Intellectual Disabilities

This is a tool that can be adapted to the services, actions and programme of each institution or educational organisation.

  • Curriculum for VET

Through the modules of the training programme, the trainee will be able to enhance his/her skills in this area.

  • Online training for VET

The training will be delivered through a platform which will be easily accessible and user-friendly.

*Source of definition of intellectual disability: https://www.noesi.gr/book/syndrome/mentalretardation

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