Dementia - Innovative care for persons with dementia
Third Transnational Symposium in Düsseldorf
The third Innovate Dementia Transnational Symposium was organised by the Alexianer Research Centre Krefeld and took place in the building of the Chamber of Doctors Nord Rhine in Düsseldorf on the 10th of March. In the morning session, the participants were informed about the care provided in Germany for people living with dementia. Dr. Susanne Schwalen, Chief Managing Physician welcomed us on behalf of the Cambers of Doctors, followed by a welcome note by Mrs Regina Schmidt-Zadel, president of the Alzheimer Association Nord Rhine Westphalia. Prof. Dr. Hans Gutzman, president of the German Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy gave a clear overview on the “Care Structures for People with Dementia in Germany” where it is expected that the amount of persons with dementia will increase until 2050 with 100 patients per day. As the gravity the dementia and the intensity of care are highly correlated, Germany faces a serious challenge. Bernd Hülsdünker, from the health insurance firm AOK presented their activities with regard to care for persons living with dementia as well as for their family carers. Mrs Gerlinde Strunk-Richter explained the organisation and work of the various “Networks for People Suffering from Dementia in Nord Rhine Westphalia “ . Prof. Ralf Ihl of the Alexianer Research Centre in Krefeld, member of the Innovate Dementia Consortium gave a bilingual presentation on the “Service Structures in Dementia” and how people living with dementia can be supported at home andorganised in their own neighbourhood by the ICCM: the Independent Continuous Case Manager.
In the afternoon, the aims and objectives of the Innovate Dementia project were explained by Marcel de Pender, project manager at Brainport Development, lead partner of the Innovate Dementia project. Representatives of the four Innovate Dementia Living Labs in Eindhoven, Liverpool, Flanders and Krefeld presented a status update of their activities in these Living Labs.