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The fight against Alzheimer's disease
In 2017, the MyHandicap Foundation, together with selected partners, has launched a programme for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. The aim of the project is to compile a toolkit that will allow all persons concerned to become active in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease.
In the first phase of the programme, the current research was investigated and attempts were made to provide clear recommendations for action with little resources. On the other hand, experts were consulted to review these recommendations.
In the second phase, the pilot programme will be tested in geriatric and nursing facilities. The results are continuously evaluated and the toolkit is adapted and extended where necessary. Currently, the toolkit contains tasks and activities in the following areas:
• Active training of hands and fine motor skills
• Systematic thinking
• General cognitive training
• Music and language
In 2018, the toolkit is to be implemented with technical means so that it can be made accessible to all persons. In other words, it must be usable on desktop as well as mobile devices and not have high entry barriers. The core is formed by a weekly schedule, which can be adapted to the individual needs and wishes of the users. This is extremely important because people respond to different stimuli and not all of them can be encouraged to participate in the same way. A plan that is adapted to the needs of the users should be able to sustain the interest of the users and their willingness to participate and keep it high.
We, the MyHandicap Foundation and our partner, the Helena Charitable Foundation, are happy to take on such a task and will be happy to inform our community about the further course of the program.