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Promoting self-empowerment and recognition of carers’ role: Piloting the INNOVAGE-Eurocarers platform in the Italian context
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing (INRCA), Italy.
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2015 (English)In: Irish Ageing Studies Review, ISSN 1649-9972, Vol. 6, no 1, 88-88 p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Caring for a dependent elderly can negatively affect family carer’s psychological and physical health, as well as social, professional and personal life. In the Italian context, there are very few web-based servicestargeting these users.

Methods: A sample of around 60 carers of older people affected by dementia was involved. Users could access the following services: information resources; e-learning resources; individual support via private messages, chat and video-chat; group support via social network and forum. A psychologist was engaged as moderator of interactive services. Other two psychologists from an Alzheimer Day Centre were available via video chat and forum for individual support. In order to improve participation, two SMSs per week were sent to all carers as reminders and stimulation to use web services.

Results: Overall, users’ accesses concentrated on information resources area, social network and forum, which were really appreciated and felt as a useful “protected environment”. Around 15 users accessed the web platform at least once every two weeks, whereas 7carers never accessed the platform and very limited dropouts from the study occurred. Stimulation strategy by SMSs was successful to retain and involve users. Low digital skills and poor experience with on-line services represented a main barrier for usage.

Conclusions: The new developed platform and its services can address needs of Italian family carers and improve critical dimensions of quality of life. The possibility to get trustful information and dedicated support in contexts where there is a lack of formal services was considered extremely important by users.

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2015. Vol. 6, no 1, 88-88 p.
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Medicine, Gerontology; Health and Caring Sciences, Health Informatics; Social Sciences, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51631OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51631DiVA: diva2:915637
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8th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) – European Region (ER) Congress
Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-03-30 Last updated: 2016-03-31Bibliographically approved

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