The Earlydem project is organized into 5 intellectual outputs:
IO1: Baseline study of critical parameters that affect early detection of MCI and dementia. The scope of the baseline study is to analyze the basic parameters needed for the education and training of caregivers as a structural component of primary care in order to play an important role in recognizing the signs and overcoming the barriers affecting timely diagnosis. Timely recognition of worrying signs and trained avoidance of suspending factors will significantly decrease the time needed till a diagnosis is made, resulting in better quality of the life for people with MCI and dementia, better social inclusion and possible less expenses in medicines and institutional treatments.
IO2: Methodology and development of the education and training content. The content development of EARLYDEM, based on the results from IO1, aims to provide a complete and well established training material in order to support early recognition of dementia through the development of new skills and new competences for older people and professionals, to contribute to lessening the burden of cognitive decline and to safeguard the wellbeing or older beneficiaries.
IO3: Platform design. The EARLYDEM e-learning platform will be an open educational resource environment under the format of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering e-learning modules adapt for use by health care and social services professionals and other relevant stakeholders. This task is dealing with the implementation of the online training platform that will provide trainers, learners and others access to the training material, in appropriate forms that promote interactive and case based learning as well as the means to exchange experiences and opinions through a virtual community of practice.
IO4: Piloting and validation of training material. Pilot courses will be designed and applied in accordance to the training modules developed, thus can be used for validating learning, skills acquisition and transferability of the learner’s new competencies and skills. In this context, the pilot courses will measure efficiency and the level of positive feedback from both the trainer experts and learner on the clarity, quality, and impact of the material provided.
IO5: Sustainability and accreditation plan. This output will plan the sustainability of project outcomes and focus on providing an accreditation scheme for this who will participate in the train during and after the project. Sustainability plans will be produced for the online platform, the training content and the community of stakeholders supported by these.