Training Professionals in Elderly Health Care: prospects of using mEducator technologies in activities of the Greek Federattion of Alzheimers Associations and the DISCOVER project

Abstract: 
The Greek Association of Alzheimer Disease and Relative Disorders (GAADRD) is a non for profit organization that was founded in 1995, by relatives of patients suffering from Alzheimer Disease as well as by doctors of all specialties that deal with the problems caused by this disease and by other types of dementia. The Panhellenic Federation of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders consists of linked Associations of Alzheimer’s Disease all over Greece, the mission & aims of each of which are concerned with the early diagnosis of dementia, the promotion of research, the education and training for all the stakeholders, the development of Care Units for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as, the provision of useful information and advice on dementia problems (caring, legal or financial issues). Both GAADRD and the Federation have got an active and long lasting tradition of continuing education programmes for elderly care professionals. This includes classic seminars, as well as, teleconferences and related digital material with up-to-date information of both theoretical and care practice importance, thereby composing a real thesaurus of digital content. Recent experiences and training material from the LongLastingMemories project (www.longlastingmemories.eu) has recently been added on this content, while recent developments on semantic wiki applications fertilising applications in this domain empower the existing educational content in different ways. This is where the technologies developed throughout the mEducator project (www.mEducator.net) come into action. Much of the aforementioned material is now under transformation into becoming mEducator compliant; a dedicated mEducator instantiation will form the near future residence of this material. This will form the basis of a new EU funded project called DISCOVER, which aims to tackle 3 main issues: increased digital competences and engagement of social inclusion actors (carers);increased use of ICT solutions for delivering social support and care; and raising the profile of social inclusion work. The project will create a new service to deliver digital skills training for carers. The DISCOVER platform will aim to integrate the existing systems and provide access to rich digital skills learning experiences. In this presentation emphasis will be given on the above preparations currently undertaken by the Medical School at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the GAADRD in order to facilitate the successful application of the technologies and the content for the benefit of elderly carers.
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Friday, 6 April, 2012 - 14:30 to 16:15