The first webinar took place on May 7th, 2019 and featured the EFID Awardee Rifugio Re Carlo Alberto, Italy. Furthermore, Emma Harte (ODS) and Rosien Herweijer introduced the research they are carrying out to co-develop an EFID quality framework.
The ageing migrant population living in Europe is posing new challenges for dementia care services, particularly if the services are to be adjusted to persons with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds[I]. Little is known about the number of people with dementia and migration background in Europe and their distribution across the member states. In Germany, out of 1.86 million people with a migration background who are 65 years or older, approximately 96,500 persons (5.2%) have dementia. The majority are of European (84,490), more specifically Polish (13,960), Italian (8920) and Turkish (8840) heritage[ii].
EFID launched this important and timely debate in a webinar, on 12th September at 2 pm. Practitioners discussed daily challenges related to the work on dementia and migration. Gabriele Kreutzner and Sümeyra Öztürk from Demenz Support Stuttgart presented the project “DeMigranz”. Dianne Gove, Director of Projects at Alzheimer Europe, presented the study carried out in 2018 on The development of intercultural care and support for people with dementia from minority ethnic groups (available here)
Projects (and activities) need clear planning, channels for implementation and methods for reporting/documenting. Practitioners invest valuable time (sometimes on a volunteer basis) and scarce resources in their activities. This begs the questions: with limited capacity, resources and time, why invest in a process of reflection and learning? How can you best plan, reflect upon and communicate your work on dementia-related initiatives?
The Webinar answered these questions and presented the brand new EFID Toolkit for Planning, Reflection and Learning. The toolkit constitutes a collection of ideas, concepts and examples for reflecting upon and learning from EFID projects. It has been developed by Organisation Development Support (ODS) and Rosien Herweijer in close consultation with EFID awardees and aims to support the implementation of dementia-related projects and learn from them.
10th June 2020
The current crisis calls for more solidarity in communities to support people living with dementia and their carers as well as the resilience of professionals working in different contexts. This webinar explores the initiatives undertaken by EFID awardees to face the challenges of Covid-19, the talents ‘Stokman & Vos’ delighting seniors and families in nursing homes and the Alzheimer Europe’s recommendations.
– Cristian Leorin, Novilunio (IT)
– Christina Pletzer & Peter Wißmann, EmpowerMenz Network (DE, CH, AT)
– Cédric Tcheng, Delta 7 (FR)