Prof. dr. R.M. Droës
VU University Medical Center
Adaptive Implementation and Validation of the positively evaluated Meeting Centers Support Programme for people with dementia and their carers in Europe (Meetingdem)
Alzheimer's disease & other dementias
MEETINGDEM aims to implement and evaluate an innovative and inclusive approach to supporting community dwelling people with mild to moderately severe dementia and their family carers, called the Meeting Centres Support Programme (MCSP), in three EU countries: Italy, Poland and United King-dom. This evidence-based, person-centred, approach has been positively evaluated, and implemen-ted in 90 meeting centers in the Netherlands, and is now well-placed to be trialled and implemented in other EU countries. Demonstrated benefits include high levels of user satisfaction, reduced behaviou-ral and mood problems, delayed admission to residential care, lower levels of caregiving-related stress, higher carer competence, and improved collaboration between care and welfare organizations.