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Alzheimer: Tremplin intergénérationnel d’Insertion Sociale et Professionnelle

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Alzheimer: Tremplin intergénérationnel d’Insertion Sociale et Professionnelle

European Commission-funded research was carried out in Spain from 2011 to 2013 to ‘contribute to the maintenance and reconstruction of social ties through activities focused on dependency and care for people with Alzheimer’s disease’. Polibienestar, a research institute at the University of Valencia, and AFE Innovnet – Towards an Age-Friendly Europe conducted the research for Alzheimer: Tremplin intergénérationnel d’Insertion Sociale et Professionnelle (Intergenerational Springboard of Social and Professional Integration). The research led to the development of a training programme that, among other aims, was offered to the long-term unemployed or those at risk of labour exclusion to enable them to provide care and support for people with dementia. The project attempted to strengthen social networks for people with dementia, encourage intergenerational solidarity and provide a vocation for those who had difficulty finding employment. The results of the programme were positive with some trainees continuing to work as carers after its completion.