‘Positive care in dementia’ project celebrates training of 1000 caregivers

22 March 2016 - Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) is today celebrating the completion of a successful ‘Train the Trainers’ project supporting caregivers to individuals with dementia, being trialled in Greece since December 2015.  

The project, called ‘Positive care in dementia’, was supported with a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and led by Alzheimer Hellas with the objective of supporting caregivers and professionals deeply affected by the dementia crisis. The project aimed to train 14 ‘Master Trainers’, who could then support a further 1000 caregivers and 600 dementia professionals through training events across the country. 

The course focussed on interactive ways to engage professionals and individuals supporting people with dementia; including six modules on topics such as caring for yourself while caring for a person with dementia, the importance of effective communication and environmental awareness.

Modules were led by Professor Tsolaki, Scientific director of Alzheimer Hellas and president of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations, and supported by ADI’s Fundraising and Membership Manager, Anastasia Psoma.

Professor Tsolaki states: The training programme “Positive care in Dementia” was an amazing opportunity to offer high quality training to caregivers and health professionals in Greece, led by Alzheimer Hellas. First impressions were very positive and there is a great demand for the training to be continued.”

There are currently over 197,000 people with dementia in Greece and, with 1 in every 3 Greeks over the age of 60, the country has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world.

A press event will today mark the success of the project, with ADI highlighting the importance of effective training and support for caregivers globally.