iSupport is a skills and training programme for carers of people with dementia. Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, a number that is projected to triple by 2050. Dementia causes significant psychological and emotional impact on families, especially carers of people with dementia. iSupport aims to prevent and/or decrease mental and physical health problems associated with caregiving and to improve the quality of life of those caring for people with dementia.
The iSupport manual includes five modules and accompanying exercises, namely: (i) introduction to dementia; (ii) being a caregiver; (iii) caring for me; (iv) providing everyday care; and (v) dealing with behaviour changes. The modules and exercises reflect those included in the online version of iSupport. The iSupport manual can be printed and used offline, allowing for a broad reach of the programme particularly in regions of the world with low internet bandwidth and/or connectivity.
SOURCE: World Health Organization. “iSupport For Dementia: Training and support manual for carers of people with dementia.” World Health Organization, 2019.
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