The challenge

According to WHO, dementia currently affects around 10 million people in the European Union and about 55 million worldwide, while its prevalence is expected to double by 2030. Increasing understanding of the experience of dementia is crucial to meet the dementia challenge of an ageing population. Generally, care for people with dementia can be organised in inpatient and outpatient care structures. However, in the EU, 60% of care is provided by informal caregivers, who play a central role in providing long-term care in Europe. Yet, despite the heavy price they often pay for their own health and economic status, they remain in the blind spot. Being a caregiver may involve considerable physical, psychological, financial and domestic challenges. Such challenges and stresses can severely affect aspects of caregivers' health and well-being.

The project

SupportCare aims to empower and support informal caregivers for people with dementia, offer tools and knowledge to prevent negative impacts on informal caregivers’ health and well-being, and break the stigma around dementia.

Our Goals

Support informal caregivers and provide them with the resilience and self-care tools for caring for themselves while giving care to people with dementia.

Upgrade the quality of care they offer their loved ones by providing them with effective and enjoyable brain training games.

Raise awareness and break the stigma around dementia.

How will we achieve our goals?

To achieve our goals, we will deploy simulation-based education and Virtual Reality elements in training and upskilling informal caregivers.

Who will be involved in the project?

Informal caregivers for people with dementia

Healthcare professionals

Carers and patients’ associations

General public