RemoDem Newsletter September 2014

Partner Meeting Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands Partners

The RemoDem project will develop support to people with dementia in remote rural areas in the Northern Periphery of Europe. The project is approaching the end of the two year project cycle and the partners of the project all met in Torshavn, Faroe Islands the first week of June, 2014, to discuss how to disseminate the experiences made in the project.

The partners from the University of Stirling, the Western Isles and the Shetland Isles in Scotland, the Faroe Isles, the Norwegian Centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicin, Norway, the Pajala and Arvidsjaur municipalities with Norrbotten County Council in Sweden, agreed that there have been many valuable experiences made, but the short time frame of the project of two years has also been a challenge. We all had wanted to have a longer time frame to implement and test the different concepts for support of people with dementia.

Seminar in Torshavn

Faroe Islands Seminar

In conjunction with the partners meeting, a local dissemination seminar was held by the project partners in Torshavn. The event gathered over 100 participants, including local politicians, health care personnel, and people from the general public. Topics for the seminar were how to apply the experiences made in the project in the Faroe Isles.

Important areas discussed were how to improve the awareness and knowledge of the dementia disease in the communities and how to promote an early and timely diagnosis. Another topic discussed was how to apply the Scottish experience of implementing a dementia friendly society in the context of the Faroe Isles. A third topic was the possibility to introduce the use of assistive technology in the support of people with dementia and their families in their homes, which also had been tested in the Faroes.

An important conclusion in the seminar was that all of these issues were very relevant in the Faroe context but they also had to carefully adapt and adjust the experiences made in other countries to suit the local context.

Published: 05/11/2014

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