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Alzheimer Bulgaria hosts workshop on "Enhancing the quality of life, functioning and communication of persons with dementia"

Friday 20 August 2021

Alzheimer Bulgaria, in collaboration with professor of psychology Felix Diaz from the American University in Bulgaria, organised a workshop about “Enhancing the quality of life, cognitive functioning and communication of persons with dementia”.

The workshop was designed by Prof. Diaz and aimed at bringing the principles and procedures of some established assessment and intervention techniques, into the everyday work of formal and informal caregivers for people with dementia. The purpose was to explore with the participants how they can apply the techniques in their everyday work in practical ways, while taking into account that the improvement in the quality of life of the person with dementia should not to be detrimental to the caregiver, but rather should benefit everybody in the home or in the professional relationship.

The aim of the workshop was not only to promote an approach to dementia, but also to obtain information about the lives, conditions and competences of the families of people with dementia in Bulgaria. This signals a step forward in improving the quality of life of people affected by dementia in Bulgaria, in raising awareness and in creating a network between these families.

The workshop was held in three cities in Bulgaria and proved to be very beneficial for the participants (according to their own feedback). They were able to share their personal stories, to receive practical advice on their specific cases and to learn about more person-centred approaches to support people with dementia.

All participants received certificates of attendance and Alzheimer Bulgaria and the American University of Bulgaria plan to continue their work together for future initiatives.

The workshop was funded by the Open Society University Network and also received support from Telus International Europe.