Mission Dementia

Knowledge in Communicating with persons with dementia - an Internet based learning program for police officers in Austria

2,000 Euro Prize

winner 50004
Country / Region:
Upper Austria
Civil Society/Social Economy
Fields of action:
Work / Unemployment / Professional qualification
Adult education / Awareness raising
Health / Care
Age of the target group:
above 60 years = seniors
26 - 60 years = adults
19 - 25 years = young adults
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
MAS Alzheimerhilfe (gemeinnütziger Verein)
Responsible person:
Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Auer

What is it about?

130,000 people in Austria suffer from dementia. The police is an important partner for affected families. "Mission Dementia" is an e-learning platform developed by the MAS Alzheimerhilfe, the Danube University Krems and the Austrian Police Officer Training Academy (SIAK). Police receives a working tool for solving difficult situations involving persons with dementia (low costs and recources).

Appreciation of the Jury

Mission Dementia changes the way the police look at a given situation, it expands their options for action. A policewoman or policeman who has been trained to deal with people with dementia acts with more confidence and also radiates this assurance – a relief for everyone. The network put in place additionally helps with the helping. The “dementia friendly” certificate renders the new competency visible, internally and externally. And all speak the same language. It is a successful and an innovative mixture of personnel qualification, qualification of the system and qualification of the environment. Mission Dementia has been well received and can easily be applied to other professions or target groups.