In the past decade, various means of support have been established for people with dementia and their families in the region (e.g. specialized dementia service centres, respite care, day care, carer support groups). However, until this project was set up, no programmes existed explicitly for people in the early stages of dementia. The project consists of bi-weekly support groups, a sports programme and a monthly activity programme. In order to facilitate participation by those with dementia, a network of volunteers has been created. All the volunteers have either a professional background in dementia care or have been trained specifically for the task.
The jury selected this project for an award because it demonstrates an innovative approach in offering bi-weekly support and a sports programme for people in early-stage dementia. This kind of support programme with a network of volunteers is a very good example how we can improve the quality of life of people with dementia.