DESK REVIEWS | 07.02.01.09. Are there any other social interventions available for people with dementia in community-based settings? What kind of interventions are available?

DESK REVIEW | 07.02.01.09. Are there any other social interventions available for people with dementia in community-based settings? What kind of interventions are available?

Not specifically for dementia. We are now working on the implementation of CST, but only locally in Sao Jose dos Campos, and still under research (state of São Paulo).

There are several social intervention initiatives for elderly people in general within their communities; however, not specifically for dementia or coordinated at central level. For instance, an initiative for prevention of dementia called “Omah Cegah Demensia” or “Grandma Preventing Dementia” was established in the village of Dusun Gulon Desa Pengkol Kecamatan Lendah, Kabupaten Kulon Progo. In addition, a service called “ojek lansia” was established in the village of Desa Penagan, Kabupaten Bangka. Ojek is typically a motorcycle-taxi service. Ojek lansia is specialised for elderly people to commute between their house, and the posyandu had successfully increased posyandu visits from 65% to 84% from 2017 to 2018 (Kencana, 2019).

References:

Kencana, M. R. B. (2019). Ojek Lansia, Inovasi Antar Jemput Orang Tua ke Posyandu.

Most of the services provided in residential homes may not target people with dementia but aim at improving the quality of life for older persons. Further information on the description of services is provided below (7.02.01.11) – home care services.

Management and care of people with dementia in most institutions is not specialised dementia care and little is known about (staff are not trained in) Social-Psychosocial interventions. Some exceptions of few day centres will have cognitive stimulation activities, but more specialised social-psychosocial interventions are not commonly available.