Andrea Fabbo, dr. med., spec. geriatrije (Italija)
Dr. Andrea Fabbo, MD, is a geriatrician expert in dementia care and management (pharmacological therapies and psychosocial interventions) and in quality of care organisation especially in long-term care ; he works as director of Dementia Program at Local Health Trust of Modena, Italy.
Dr. Fabbo is responsible for coordinating 10 Memory Clinic and specialized services for dementia in Primary Care Department and Hospital (Neurological and Geriatric Services) ) and he is a consultant in the “ Dementia Project” for Emilia-Romagna Regional Government.
Dr Fabbo collaborates with Alzheimer’s caregivers associations to many projects (Alzheimer Uniti Italy Onlus) and with European Interdem Group (Early detection and timely INTERvention in DEMentia).
He is a specialist registrar at : 1) School of Geriatrics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; 2) School of Occupational Therapy , University of Modena and Reggio Emilia; 3) Department of Psychology, Alma Mater Studiorum- University of Bologna.
The Rosemary, the diary of my heart for my mind.
This work is dedicated to loving memory of Roberta Francia, MD, geriatrician and general practitioner, died in April 2017, the “creator” of Rosemary diary.
Successful ageing requires resilience that needs to collect information about the health status and to point out some few and simple rules for a best quality of life, both in independent or dependent elders. At this purpose, we prepared “The Rosemary”, a diary that helps the aged persons to carry out their daily activities like playing a game. When the Rosemary is used by older persons without cognitive impairment, it builds the track of time, it helps to keep under control the daily activities and tasks. For caregivers it can be an useful diary to evaluate the quality of life while assisting the elderly.
The diary has been planned to be used without instructions, but simply using intuition.The first part makes reference to the traditional ROT – Reality Orientation Therapy; day, month, year, seasons, temperature. The second part collects the signals and symptoms of daily life: mood, pharmaceuticals assumptions, nutrition, hydration, constipation, sleep, fitness, mental exercises, pain.The daily use of The Rosemary is facilitated with pictures and icons that accompany simple questions. Every 7 days some pages have been inserted as a reminder for the weekly events, like grocery shopping, payments, doctor’s visits and for the self-evaluation of physical and mental training done during the week.There are two pages reserved for assumed pharmaceuticals, their commercial names, instructions of use, time and method of assumption, number of spare boxes. At the end of “The Rosemary” there are some useful pages regarding advises for physical activities, games for memory training, curiosities, address and telephone book, consulted and suggested web pages.
The Rosemary is a simple and economic tool, a pair of “memory glasses”, that helps to maintain, organize and consolidate memory for every daily activity. The more technological users can visit the website www.giovanineltempo.it. If the initiative continues to have success, a mobile app of the diary will soon be available.