On March 31st we have successfully completed the project “Story2remember“, funded by Erasmus+. It was carried out by six partner organizations – Alzheimer Bulgaria Association, Romanian Alzheimer Society, Bournemouth University, The Gaiety School of Acting, Habilitas Association, The Greek Association of Alzheimer Disease and Relative Disorders.
The project targeted at health and social care professionals working in the field of dementia, in residential or day care center, family carers of persons with dementia and persons diagnosed with dementia.
Using theater and storytelling provides a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialize with others in a fun and supportive group. This is also a way to create dementia-friendly communities/institutions, provides topics of conversation and opportunities for connecting with other people.
The project results include:
- Booklet: Creative drama and storytelling in dementia care: information for practitioners – a report;
- Handbook: Programme handbook – training programme using creative drama and storytelling, targeting health and social care professionals for a better support for older people with dementia;
- Toolkit: Storytelling and alternative communication methods in dementia care: toolkit for family members;
- Policy Recommendations: Policy recommendation for creating dementia-friendly communities/ institutions in terms of raising awareness and integrating tools as creative arts in the care of persons with dementia.
You can download all the products here.
In 2021 Alzheimer Bulgaria launches an Erasmus+ project “3D4elderly”. The project aims to create innovative learning pathways that increase the quality of the work of caregivers and staff members dealing with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia and also to raise the quality of life of people with dementia by using 3D technology.
The project introduces an innovative approach to tackle one of the first symptoms of a person with Alzheimer’s: short-term memory loss. Some research states that it is possible, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, to recover lost memories by stimulating specific hippocampal neurons, the area of the brain responsible for recording short-term memories.
For this reason, people with Alzheimer’s need cognitive stimulation exercises that activate memories, language, perceptions, reasoning, creativity, sociability and above all well-being. The use of 3D printing will help these people by offering them a multisensory experience thanks to the tools created.
The project team is composed by 4 partners from 4 different European countries (Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Lithuania) and with various profiles: 3D printing experts (CEIPES and CETEM) close to the academic and business sector, and non-governmental voluntary organizations working in the interest of the community – BETI a Research Institute, working in the field of ICT and education technologies with target groups composed of adults, and Alzheimer Bulgaria, the partner who works with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, responsible to introduce and implement the innovation 3D printing methods to them and their caregivers.
During 2020, the Alzheimer’s Association Bulgaria managed to implement only one project: “Advocacy campaign to offer, adopt and promote the concept of a specialized day center and other related services in the community for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.”
The main goal of the project is to develop a concept for specialized care in the Day Care Center for people with dementia. The experience of European countries, which have had Day Care Centers for people with dementia with a high level of care for years, will be studied. The final concept will help the government to organize the care in the Day Center at European level. The project is funded with 8,360 euros.
The project started in July 2020 and should end in June 2021.