"Computer-Based Cognitive Training": Applied and organized by Zafeiropoulos, S., automation engineer
Specific aims: The programme involves practice of cognitive functions using computer software. It enhances attention, executive function, memory, arithmetic calculations, language skills and visual–spatial abilities.
Expected outcomes: The participant’s concentration skills and reaction time improves significantly. Therefore, they show improvement in their memory, handling financial issues, shopping and prioritizing of complex activities.
"MENTIMA: Mental Imagery and Relaxation”
Designed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist & Poptsi, E., psychologist MSc
Specific aims: The aims of the mental imagery therapeutic programme is the improvement of visual perception and visual memory, as well the improvement of daily activities. MENTIMA is a cognitive training programme which consists of breathing exercises, progressive muscular relaxation, autogenic relaxation and the mental imagery technique.
Expected outcomes: Under the effect of relaxation the participants have the opportunity to refresh their memory. Moreover, they learn to use their senses more effectively in order to improve their memory and perform daily activities more accurately.
“Dance and Drama Therapy”
Designed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, Poptsi, E., psychologist MSc
Specific aims: The aim of the programme is the improvement or stabilization of cognitive functions, such as memory, executive functions, attention, speech, abstract thinking as well as the improvement of performing daily activities.
Expected outcomes: The programme has an immediate effect of eliminating behavioral symptoms such as apathy, aggression, depression and anxiety. Furthermore, the participants learn how to communicate better within their social environment.
"EFTERPI: A Cognitive Training Program Using Music Stimuli"
Designed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist & Batsila, G., psychologist MSc
Specific aims: We use music as a cue through which we aim to achieve specific therapeutic goals such as the improvement of cognitive and functional performance of the participants.
Expected outcomes: At the end of the intervention, EFTERPI’s participants can more readily recall the current events of daily life, their concentration is significantly improved, and their verbal fluency too.
“Orientation in Current Events”
Designed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist & Soumpourou, A.,clinical psychologist MSc
Specific aims: This is a cognitive stimulation therapy programme for participants with mild or moderate dementia, for those who experience memory loss and time/place disorientation. The primary aim is the stabilization of cognitive and functional performance and the delay of dementia.
Expected outcomes: At the end of the intervention our participants are expected to be stabilized in terms of cognitive skills. They are better oriented concerning the current events of daily life and they are better oriented in place and time.
"ACTA: Practice of Attention and Parameters of Executive Function”
Designed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist, developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist & Agogiatou C., clinical psychologist MSc, Markou N.,clinical psychologist MSc
Specific aims: ACTA is a cognitive training therapeutic programme aimed at improving cognitive and functional abilities.
Expected outcomes: We expect an improvement of attention skills. Consequently, the trainees can be more efficient in driving, shopping, financial exchanges and complex activities; like word finding and improved responses in decision making.
“Psychomotor Intervention with Physical Exercise”:
Designed and developed by Dr Mouzakidis C, physical educator.
Specific aims: The programme of psychomotor intervention aims to improve one’s physical skills, cognitive skills, functional performance and emotional status.
Expected outcomes: The participants significantly reduce falls, have better balance and a stronger body. The participants have overall feelings of wellbeing, they feel rejuvenated, and have improved accuracy and reaction times.
"PETER PAN: Play Therapy for Elderly with Dementia”
Designed and developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist & Bakoglidou E., physiotherapist
Specific aims: Play therapy aims to practice and stabilize specific cognitive functions through playing.
Expected outcomes: The programme provides better socialisation and communication within the environment. The participants become more alert and focused, their behavioral problems are minimized and patients feel happier and more content.
Designed and developed by Dr Kounti F., cognitive psychologist
Specific aims: The aim of the educational programme is to provide information to relatives and care-staff regarding dementia and the participant’s level of functioning for more effective person centered care. Method: Participants are encouraged to be actively involved throughout the seminars by asking questions regarding their loved ones or themselves, sharing their experiences, providing guidance and support to other carers.
Expected outcomes: The carers do not feel alone in this journey of dementia. They meet other people caring for their loved ones and learn to manage the behavioral symptoms. They also learn to facilitate the verbal and non- verbal (eg. when they are in pain) communication in order to offer more effective care. They learn how to look after themselves, for their own physical and mental health.
The topics cover a broad range of issues such as:
1. Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and pharmacological treatment,
2. Non pharmacological treatment of dementia,
3. Clinical symptoms and disease progression,
4. Nutritional support of the patient,
5. Physiotherapy in dementia,
6. Exercise benefits in elderly
7. Dental problems,
8. Sexuality in the elderly,
9. Sleep disorders in patients and caregivers,
10. Depression and anxiety in dementia,
11. Financial issues,
12. Patients’ and caregivers needs,
13. Humor as a method of caring,
14. Techniques for a more beneficial communication between the demented patient and the caregiver,
15. Ways of dealing with problems.