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Demantec

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Danish German collaboration about dementia and innovative technologies in nursing homes.

Category : Network programme
Lead : Flensburg University of Applied Science

www.demantec.eu

Demantec is a cross-regional project between partners in Denmark and Germany that develops and tests health and welfare technologies for people suffering from dementia. The objective is to improve the quality of life for people suffering from dementia by adjusting, adapting and further develop existing technologies based on the specific challenges connected to dementia.  

The technologies will both increase the quality of life and empower people suffering from dementia in maintaining their routines in nursing homes or in their own homes, support the relatives, and improve the workflows and procedures for the health professionals. 

Demantec is carried out in close collaboration with health professionals in nursing homes and dementia care, researchers and companies, who share knowledge and ideas about needs and technological opportunities in relation to dementia. 

Nursing homes will test new technologies and give feedback to the companies. And companies will get a unique insight into the specific challenges in dementia care, and input on how their solutions can be scaled and modified for both the Danish and German market. 

Specialised knowledge and knowhow about technological opportunities and how they can be adapted and used in dementia care is an important part of the project and will be integrated in research and educational programmes for future health professionals and continuing training.  

Challenge of our society

Demographic changes, the prevailing lack of skilled specialists in the healthcare sector, and the increasing number of people who need help and care are a challenge for our society. The number of comorbidities increases as people get older, and dementia is one of the most common mental illness which are not yet curable. 

In Germany alone there are an estimated 1,5 million cases of dementia or nearly 2% of the population (53,000 in the region of Schleswig-Holstein). In Denmark more than 85,000 people suffer from dementia or 1,5% of the population. In Schleswig-Holstein the lack of skilled specialist becomes especially apparent, and some nursing homes do not accept new residence as a consequence. This clearly impacts the quality of care being provided and the quality of life of those affected. 

Even though there are still now cure for dementia it is possible to live a good life despite dementia. New technologies and research in dementia creates new opportunities for support and assistance to people suffering from dementia, their relatives and the health professionals, and the solutions meet high political and social attention. 

It’s this agenda Demantec accede and develop solutions for. 

The project has four expected results:

  • Sustainable cross-broader cluster collaboration
  • Implementation of a market-oriented potential and benefit analysis
  • Development of health and welfare technologies
  • Development of competences concerning eHealth and dementia in terms of further training possibilities

Be involved

Companies and organisations who want to be involved and follow the activities in Demantec can participate as network partner. Please contact Karen Lindegaard, Senior Consultant in Welfare Tech, T. +45 2461 1931, karli@welfaretech.dk, to learn more.

See more at the officia Dementec web site: demantec.eu

Partnere i Demantec

Demantec is financed by Interreg Deutschland-Danmark with funds from The European Regional Development Fund and Syddansk Vækstforum (regional development fund). Project periode: 01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019.

Contact

Bosco Lehr

Professor Dr., Director

Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

Institute for eHealth and Management in Health Care

T: +49 (0) 461 805 1563

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Karen Lindegaard

Senior Consultant

Welfare Tech

International cooperation, cluster development, businessdevelopment

T: +45 2461 1931

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Skype id : karen.santos.lindegaard

Demantec

A German-Danish collaboration between companies, health professionals, researchers, and education institutions, enhancing the use of technology to sustain independent living and care of people suffering from dementia.

Supported by

Welfare Tech is funded by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, The Southern Denmark Growth Forum and The European Regional Development Fund.

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