Aims of the workshop
Dementia is a disease that has serious consequences for those affected and their caregivers and families. Due to the aging of the population, the number of people at risk of getting dementia is increasing. In Luxembourg, there are currently around 6,000 people living with dementia (Report of the Luxembourg National Action Plan on Dementia, 2013). Yet, there is still a taboo on dementia for many reasons: People with dementia and their families do not always want to share their diagnosis and problems. Other persons who are not affected by the disease are unaware or do not know how to cope. With this workshop we aim to raise awareness about dementia among younger people.
Organization of the workshop
This workshop for teenagers (aged around 14 to 18 years) will take place in secondary schools across Luxembourg with the aim to inform about dementia, reduce stigma and raise awareness among adolescents. Ideally, young people who have attended the workshop will spread their knowledge and be able to support people affected by dementia in their families and neighborhood. They may even get involved by supporting persons living with dementia and/or their caregivers in their daily lives. If the concept is successful, we will also implement this workshop in the Netherlands and beyond.
After the workshop, students will:
- be familiar with the diagnosis and progress of dementia
- know about the impact of dementia on daily life for those affected and their caregivers
- know about ways to support persons living with dementia to manage their daily routines and increase their well-being
The workshops taking place in Luxembourg are cost-free – donations of 200 EUR (50 EUR per workshop) have been collected at a conference and fundraiser on dementia on 29 June 2016. The workshop has been designed by Dr. Anja Leist, University of Luxembourg, and Dr. Marjolein van der Marck, Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.