Creating Healthy and Secure Environment for the Elderly with Dementia

Thematic cluster:
Southern Finland - Estonia Sub-programme
3. Attractive and dynamic societies
Direction of support:
Social security and wellbeing of different groups in society
May 2011 - Apr 2013 (2 years, 0 months)
Total funding:
408 580 €
ERDF funding:
323 224 €
EUSBSR Priority area
Improving and promoting people’s health, including its social aspects

Development idea

The population is aging rapidly and the social sector is facing numerous challenges as a result in Estonia and Finland. One of the most serious problems that may arise with aging is impairment due to dementia. It is currently an incurable condition, but methods exist to slow down the process. Nevertheless, the relatives of seniors citizens with memory problems frequently do not know where to seek help, and physicians as well as other supportive municipal workers are in many cases relatively uninformed themselves. Unfortunately, no overall analysis has been made of the current situation of dementia treatment in the countries concerned.

Aim of the project

The ELDEM project sought to raise awareness in Estonia and Finland regarding dementia and provided suggestions and guidance for the authorities and social workers as well as families concerning how to take care of patients affected by this condition.

Main project activities

To achieve the project aims, a survey was conducted with regard to the situation of the elderly with dementia in Estonia and Finland, and a set of suggestions based on research was provided. A study book in Estonian and Finnish was also published as part of the project, and training was provided for 60 social workers in Estonia and Finland. In addition, an easily readable handbook for the relatives of the elderly with dementia has been distributed.


Tallinn University

ERDF funding:
142 699 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
25 181 €

Diakonia University of Applied Sciences

ERDF funding:
180 525 €
Amount of eligible national funding:
60 175 €


Survey reports on taking care of elderly with memory disorders

Problems of the elderly with memory disorders (incl. dementia) were analysed in Estonia and Finland.

Two survey reports were compiled based on an analysis of the problems and interviews of the focus groups, e.g. social workers in municipalities and relatives of the elderly with dementia. The surveys were carried out in both countries.

Sotsiaaltöötajate teadlikkus mäluhäiretest (EST)
Sosiaalialan ammattilaisille tehdyn WEBROpol-kyselyn tuloksia (FIN)

Handbook for taking care of a person with memory disorders

The handbook provides the information and guidance for the relatives of the elderly with dementia.

Kui lähedasel on mäluhäired (EST)

Study books for the social workers and professional care takers dealing with the elderly with dementia

The books contain information for the professionals on how to deal with elderly with dementia.

Materials can also be useful for training purposes of social workers.

Märka mäluhäire taga inimest. Abiks hoolekandetöötajatele töös mäluhäiretega inimestega (EST)
Muisti Muuttu – Arki Muuttuu. Puheenvuoroja muistisairaiden henkilöiden hyvinvoinnista ja turvallisesta ympäristöstä (FIN)