The MEETINGDEM project, implementation and validation of the Meeting Centres Support Programme in Europe

Rose-Marie Dröes, PhD, is professor of psychosocial care for people with dementia at the department of Psychiatry, VU University medical center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and project coordinator of the MEETINGDEM project.

During the last three years an interesting and succesful implementation project, called MEETINGDEM, has been carried out in several countries in Europe, funded by the Joint Programme Neurodegenerative Diseases research. MEETINGDEM (2014-2017) aims to adaptively implement, evaluate and disseminate the evidence based Meeting Centers Support Programme (MCSP) for people with dementia and their carers in Europe. MCSP consists of a social club for people with dementia were they can participate in recreational and creative activities as well as in therapeutic interventions during three days per week; informative meetings and discussion groups for their family caregivers and a weekly consultation hour, monthly center meeting and social activities for both, and is offered in socially integrated community centers.

The programme is theoretically based on the Adaptation-Coping model (Dröes et al, 2011) and aims to support people with dementia and their caregivers in dealing with the consequences of dementia. MCSP was originally developed in the Netherlands (Dröes et al, 2000) and is now being implemented in other European countries, such as Italy, Poland, the UK and recently also in Spain. The consortium partners of MEETINGDEM are VU University medical centre in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Bologna (Italy), Fondazione Don Gnocchi Onlus in Milan (Italy), Wroclaw Medical University (Poland), University of Worcester (UK) and University College London (UK). They succeeded to successfully prepare and adaptively implement, together with local care, welfare and volunteer organisations who participated in the initiative groups, 13 Meeting Centres in these countries. The implementations were accompanied by research evaluating the implementation process (Mangiaracina et al, 2017), culture specific adaptations, the effectiveness, cost effectiveness and user experience.

Results of the project are expected to be published late 2017.

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