The overall goal with the project is to create a module/course on PhD/master level focusing on ageing and dementia including the lifelong education of elderly people, as well as for professional and informal care-givers. The AgeSam is EU-funded by the Erasmus+ strategic partnerships 2018-21. The Baltic Sea region is a diverse region when it comes to dementia care and treatment due to the different welfare models. This project focuses on improving and promoting dementia care in the Baltic Sea region, including social and professional aspects, so as to help ensure sustainable and healthy societies. Through providing common reference points it helps foster macroregional cooperation in health by making it more integrated and inclusive . Health and social professionals of all levels who provide care for people with dementia in care homes and hospital settings are often facing challenging situations and ethical dilemmas. Digital technology has potential to support people with dementia. How this kind of technology can be used and understood in relation to relatives and dementia care in different welfare models is a key issue to make the technology support daily care. In the project, empirically based research is created in the meeting between academia and the field of practice.
Long-term goal of the project includes the contribution of a) a deeper professional understanding of an aging society and dementia related challenges and b) creating a common understanding, socially, practically and culturally in knowledge acquisition regarding differences and similarities in the context of welfare logics and dementia care. The project contains four intellectual outputs:
- Integrated care,
- A Study handbook,
- A cross-border scientific method in collaboration
- Course module: ‘Ageing societies and Dementia care’. The module for PhD/master students uses a problem-based approach that emphasizes learning by doing. This approach enables students to build cognitive and metacognitive skills for acquiring, analyzing, and applying knowledge. Further, how interdisciplinary competencies can contribute to the professional development in aging societies is a part of the module. In higher education, two of the main objectives are intercultural exchange and an international perspective on learning.