Erasmus+ – Strategic Innovation Partnerships KA204 for Adult Education.
Title: (REMEM) Click me if you forgot
Dates Start 01-12-2019 End 30-11-2021 – Duration 24 months
Applicant: Pamukkale Universitesi – Turkey
Partners and countries involved:
– Italy – Cosvitec scarl
– Turkey Denizli Inovasyon Dernegi –
– Turkey – KIRKLARELI UNIVERSITESI
– Romania – UNIVERSITATEA TEHNICA CLUJ-NAPOCA
There are an estimated 44 million people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, and this figure is expected to reach 135 million by 2050. There are, estimated in numbers, 600,000 Alzheimer’s patients living in Turkey, and according to data from the World Health Organization, it is predicted that Turkey could be among the top 4 in the world by 2050 in terms of number of patients. These data indicate that it is imperative to develop policies and practices for the health of the elderly and the development of Alzheimer’s patients and to work for the development of social awareness.
Especially in Western Europe, researchers have reported that Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the most common diseases compared with the world as a whole. The European Commission’s report on the “Report on the Implementation of the Commission’s Communication on a European Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias” states that new digital technologies have strong potential to help people face challenges related to dementia and neurodegenerative disorders.
EU and member state strategic goals related to dementia are listed as: Diagnose dementia, act early by demonstrating a common European effort to better understand dementia conditions, support national solidarity in dementia, share best practices for dementia patients, and respect the rights of dementia patients.
The REMEM project aims to develop mobile applications for Alzheimer’s patients in the early stages and their relatives/person responsible for the patient’s care. REMEM is an online and mobile application. It aims to improve the memory of Alzheimer’s patients and delay the progression of the current disease using reminder applications, to provide more detailed information about the disease and to ensure more efficient patient care. The patient’s relative/person responsible for the patient’s care will be able to follow the patient’s daily life using a separate but interconnected mobile application.
These applications will include individual reminders, family videos and family photo albums, various intelligence game modules, and personal skills that will provide personal comfort to the individual in his or her daily life. The patient’s relative/person responsible for the patient’s care will be able to follow the patient’s daily work using a separate but interconnected mobile application. Prior to creating the mobile application, current data and treatment methods related to Alzheimer’s disease in Turkey and Europe will be compiled and analyzed. A report to be prepared as a result of the analysis will guide both the creation of the mobile application and the book information guide to be prepared for patients’ relatives.
People living in a home with an Alzheimer’s patient have many problems and uncertainties about the patient’s care load and how patients should be treated. More than 40% of people who are responsible for patient care report that their emotional stress is high or too high. For these reasons, depression, intense stress, and tension are among the most common negative aspects that relatives of patients experience the most. Both the application to be developed and the information guide for patients’ relatives will help reduce these negative aspects.
Both the figures presented by the World Health Organization and the strategic goals of the European Union reveal the importance of taking urgent and effective measures and developing strategies in this regard. In particular, it is important to gain awareness and sensitize young people on this issue. The REMEM project aims to raise awareness of both Turkey and European youth on these issues.
More information about the project can be found at https://www.pau.edu.tr/remem