40. Arnsberger dementia ‘learning workshop’, Germany

Where: City of Arnsberg, Germany

Who is involved: the Special Department for Future and Old Age, plus professional and civil society services supporting people with dementia. In 2014 the ‘learning workshop’ won an EFID award.

Nature of activity: Arnsberg addresses the challenges of demographic change with its concept ‘Living a Long and Good life in Arnsberg’. This includes bringing services supporting people with dementia together in the ‘Arnsberger Dementia Learning Workshop’ to create a tight-knit support network for people with dementia and their environment. This involves establishing networks of professionals (medicine, nursing, etc.) and civil society partners (kindergartens, schools, cultural and economic institutions, etc.) who share the aim of improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their relatives.

The main focus is on projects to connect generations, generate ideas, raise awareness, network, develop support and promote projects.

In 2011 a manual was published which reports on the experience of more than three years working on the ‘learning workshop’ pilot project together. It is aimed at decision makers and practitioners from cities and towns, as well as civil society initiatives.

Click here to download the handbook.

Website: http://www.projekt-demenz-arnsberg.de/