Austria - Dementia Friendly Communities

Aktion Demenz
Dementia friendly pharmacies

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Aktion Demenz

The federation state-wide initiative, Aktion Demenz, was launched in 2012 in Vorarlberg, Austria. Run by Connexia – Gesellschaft für Gesundheit und Pflege, the project involves all members of civil society in the development of original and effective programmes carried out both locally and across the state. Examples of activities include training for emergency services staff, engagement of a youth theatre in the topic of dementia, memory Parcours in which walkers in local parks can gain information about dementia while “on the go”, community dances and intergenerational activities. In the project’s first four years, 23 out of 96 communities (covering almost 60% of the inhabitants of Vorarlberg) have signed up to the campaign.

Dementia friendly pharmacies

Austria’s Institute for Palliative Care and Organisational Ethic aims to increase the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers by supporting pharmacies to become more dementia friendly. Building on the benefits that come with being a local shop, pharmacy staff are empowered to provide person-centred care, conduct awareness raising lectures and offering counselling for people with dementia and their carers. In 2013, around 40 staff from 18 community pharmacies took part in the pilot project. This work is carried out in partnership with carers and people with dementia as well as Alzheimer Austria, the Austrian Chamber of Pharmacists, and other partners from palliative care and health promotion in Vienna and Lower Austria.