2018 / 2020



In dementia care context it has been noticed that formal care givers have needs for a scaffolding function in following areas: training on communication with demented; training on how to relieve from stress; developing emotional and relational competences in front of elderly and their decline, even in normal ageing. Previous studies suggested that positive psychology training aimed at improving the psychological well-being and emotional skills of caregivers;  formal caregivers can have beneficial effects form such training in terms of relationship with elderly and demented people. This background supports the urgent need to map and understand the situation of the caregivers and to give them the needed skills to support their work with the people affected by dementia.
The Demetra project aims at enhancing formal caregivers ability in emotional regulation by positive psychology and mindfulness based training.


Main objectives of the project are:

  • to create a learning context in which formal caregivers can learn new concepts and skills in the management of potentially negative effect of long term care relationship.
  • to establish a common and shared knowledge for the personal growth of caregivers in elderly care.
  • to develop a care concept focused on relationship as main field for patients and carers well-being;
  • to improve workers attitude towards well-being through the assimilation of multidimensional actions (movement, massages, physical exercise, mindfullness, cognitive and emotional competenceskill training;
  • to create a transnational pool of trainers who shares knowledge and who support single local context, models and methodologies;
  • to transfer best practices from local testing through transnational training

Project results/Products

The main result of this project, an exchange of best practices based on transnational training for trainers and training courses for local formal caregivers, will enhance competences related to person centred care for people with dementia.


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