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2015: Is Europe becoming more dementia friendly?

Understandings of DFC in the country

In Austria, there are currently one region that is working toward becoming dementia friendly and two cities. There are no symbols for DFC in the country.

Examples of DFC in the country  

The 3rd district in Vienna

The 3rd district in Vienna is working towards becoming dementia friendly. Several organisation are involved in this initiative including, the district authority, the mayor of the borough, Alzheimer Austria, Caritas Socialis, the churches, the schools, social services, three hospitals, libraries, bookshops, pharmacies, red cross, psychotherapists and the General Practitioners (GPs)

The project has been funded by the district authorities and caritas socialis, and also with the contributions of private donations. The initiative started in 2014

Main actions that have been taken so far include:

  • dementia awareness week,
  • dementia friendly service (mass) with market place,
  • concert and lectures.

Some of the planned actions for the coming months/year are:

  • dementia friendly service (mass) in September,
  • information project in a big district hospital,
  • awareness week 2016.

Dementia-friendly pharmacies in Vienna and Lower Austria

Organisations involved:

  • Institute for Palliative Care und Organisational Ethics, IFF; Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt-Wien-Graz
  • Alzheimer Austria
  • Austrian Chmaber of Pharmacists

Where:  18 pharmacies in two regions: Vienna and Lower Austria

Timeframe: April 1st, 2013 – December 31st, 2015

Description of the initiative:

People with dementia and their caregivers are regular users of pharmacy services. However, so far only a few community pharmacy-based initiatives have focused on their needs apart from medicines management. Based on Palliative Care and Health Promotion principles, the project “Dementia friendly community pharmacies. Community-based health promotion for people with dementia and their caregivers” aims at re-orienting community pharmacies into dementia-friendly settings supporting dignity and quality of life of people with dementia and their caregivers by involving relevant partners in further development of this setting -people with dementia and their caregivers, community pharmacists and health care and community partners. In the first phase of the project, workshops for community pharmacists were created covering the topics of “pharmaceutical care”; “networking in the community” and “communication”. In the second phase, the pharmacies conducted pilot-projects in their individual pharmacies based on a needs-assessment with caregivers of people with dementia. These projects range from issues related to the core-business of pharmacies - to improve the pharmaceutical care for people with dementia and networking with local medical doctors - to community-projects. A toolbox encompassing project-related documents has been developed to ensure sustainability.



Last Updated: Monday 18 July 2016


  • Acknowledgements

    This Yearbook received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020)
  • European Union