Idea for challenge:
THE ALZHEIMER’S CHALLENGE

Inclusive meeting points

Creating meeting points (spaces, occasions) for seniors, where they could meet people in early stages of dementia and meaningfully engage in a pleasant pastime - e.g. playing games, organizing local fairs, doing sports together. In that space people with dementia would be active participants in creating a common value (not showcase examples!) - perhaps also to the benefit of the larger local comunity, e.g. by organizing an event open to the public.

Engaging dementia advocates who live with a dementia disease helps to fight fear and stigma as well as raises awareness of the problem.

Benefits for seniors with probable dementia:
- overcoming denial
- understanding there is a possibility to lead a good life even after the diagnosis
- offering a community/support to interact.

Benefits for seniors with diagnosed dementia:
- engaging in a meaningful activity
- inclusion in the society
- offering a community/support to interact.

Comments
  • Björn Arvidsson Challenge Creator 1 year ago

    Smart! Whom will be the "supplier" or host to mentioned meeting points? Is it the municipality, county or even a private vendor?

  • That's a good question, Björn! I could imagine an organization or company with no ties to dementia care whatsoever. Municipalities could have a good contact with the seniors. Maybe a library or a cultural center could help seniors organize "A Halloween charity fair"? However, if it were to be more cost-demanding events, they could be sponsored or run within corporate social responsibility programs: "Volvo's senior orienteering run" or "Creating a cafe operated by seniors" sponsored by Lofbergs coffee. What do you think?

  • Annika Norén 1 year ago

    Love this idea for its social benefits and support! What if we could bring in supporting tech (games? music?) that supports the seniors from several aspects such as emotional support, brain gymnastics, detection of decline... For inspiration, check out: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ayyz0!

  • Yes! That's a good idea! Common (video?) game session or concert or dance party. The advantage of these activities is also that people living with mild dementia can engage in them on the same terms as people without cognitive impairment. One would have to be cautious though not to "sneak in" with screening or diagnosis without them knowing. Perhaps once a certain trust was established (e.g. once a group forms or a couple of fun activities are carried out), there could be an informal meeting together with a talk/meeting from a specialist, on brain health, for example, with te possibility to test their cognitive performance.

  • Annika Norén 11 months ago

    yes! I like your thinking!








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