Meeting Centers 3.0 (WC 2015-089)


Starting date: 01/02/2016

Being faced with dementia has big consequences for people with dementia and their families. Research shows that a lot of people with dementia are quitting their activities due to a lack of self-confidence. Furthermore, the majority of people with dementia don’t leave their houses anymore. Eighteen percent of the informal carers are overburdened and another sixty percent are at risk of becoming overburdened. Early information and adequate psychosocial support can help people living with dementia to maintain a good quality of life and can prevent their carers from overburdening. However, in reality, people tend to delay asking for help. Reasons for this include stigma and taboo on dementia, the expectation of individual care needs not being met by available services, being afraid to become dependent on others and, in addition, the fragmentation of available services which makes it difficult to find the right service.
Only five percent of the people with dementia in the Netherlands uses indicated day care. Therefore, it is important that, in addition to day care, alternative forms of activities, meaningful daytime activities and support become available that will match the needs of persons living with dementia and their informal carers.