Actimentia is an Erasmus+ project whose purpose is to foster physical activity in the everyday life of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia and their caregivers, through e-learning and videos, as a necessary tool for preserving their quality of life and wellbeing.
What is Actimentia about?
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is constantly growing. Dementia is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, and often underlies a social exclusion process. It has a significant impact not only on individuals but also on their carers, families and communities.
Dementia is a disease that gradually develops and an appropriate exercise program can improve the condition of dementia patients. Exercise may also improve the patient quality of life and delay dementia progression.
That’s where the Actimentia Project steps in! Actimentia is designed to develop basic skills on physical exercising and activity for formal/informal caregivers, so that they can use them regularly during their care giving tasks for maintaining the wellbeing of the dementia patients, as well as for themselves, for preventing excessive stress and burnout.
The primary target group of the project is formal/informal caregivers and relevant professionals (social workers, physical education instructors). They will supervise or care elderly persons diagnosed with MCI (mild cognitive impairment) or dementia either in the early, middle or later stage of the disease.
The secondary target group is, of course, dementia patients.
That is what the Actimentia project is about.
How will Actimentia achieve its mission?
The main objective of the Actimentia project is to develop an interactive training platform, based on videos, to bring physical activity and exercising into caregivers and care receivers’ daily routine.
The effects of the training promote the autonomy and health of patients and caregivers and contribute to the prevention and retardation of dementia and MCI.