On 28th and 9th May 2018, Spominčica – Alzheimer Slovenia held a partner meeting for an Erasmus+ project AD-AUTONOMY (Development of a Training Program for Enhancing the Autonomy of Persons with Alzheimer). The meeting was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Spominčica is responsible for the preparation of methodology for the co-creation sessions and training activities. In Phase 1 of the project, every partner country organised two co-creative workshops with persons with dementia, their relatives and professional caregivers. Participants discussed autonomy, areas of autonomy and how dementia affects the autonomy of everyday life. They also discussed tools, activities and technology that can help persons with dementia and their care partners maintain autonomy. Being autonomous means different thing to different people, but its most important to them to be independent and make decisions about yourself and your life. They emphasized that with the progression of dementia it gets harder to control the changes and do things by yourself. They agree that it is best to accept the disease, adapt to the changes, plan ahead, simplify the activities and ask for help. Persons with dementia agreed that they would be prepared to use technological tools (smoke detectors, safety devices, smart phones, etc.) for maintaining autonomy if those tools would be presented to them in a clear and practical way, and with step-by-step interactive instruction.
In the meeting, partners discussed the work that was done until now, results of the implemented workshops, provided practical examples and experience from the sessions and recommendations for the future. Practical activities were designed that will be the key component of the Training Program. Also, future tasks were reviewed and deadlines were set.
SURF institute and KUCHA provided for the meeting place, excellent food and good working atmosphere. We sincerely thank them for their cooperation! All partners enjoyed their stay in Ljubljana and are already looking forward to the next meeting that will be held in autumn in Greece.
The AD-AUTONOMY project aims to develop a Training Program for promoting and maintaining autonomy of persons with dementia and their care partners. Partners from UK, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Slovenia wil develop a free-of-charge e-training with a selection of recommendations, tools and strategies for maintaining autonomy in different daily activities. For this purpose, training materials and activities will be designed, which will help formal and informal care partners to maintain autonomy and form a structured and active everyday life of persons with dementia. This way, they can stay longer in their home environment and maintain autonomy in different areas such as security, personal hygiene, driving, eating, health, sleep, housekeeping, communication, meaningful activities and more. We believe that the AD-AUTONOMY project will significantly improve autonomy of persons with dementia so they will stay active and included members of our society for as long as possible.