Gateway to Rural International Initiatives in Dementia (GRIID): Connecting Services Internationally
P. Birkett1 D. Edvardsson2 A. Innes3 A. Dias4 D. Morgan5
1Hesse Rural Health, Winchelsea; 2Clinical School of Nursing, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia / University of Umea, Sweden; 3University of Bournemouth, Bournemouth, United Kingdom; 4Goa Medical College, Goa, India; 5University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Rural life demands innovation. Without easy access to other services or professionals, rural people must find their own solutions to problems they encounter. Around the world, there are examples of innovative dementia care service initiatives in rural areas. However, these are often fragmented, neither shared nor known, but have potential for cross-contextual adoption, development and evaluation. Worldwide engagement, however, requires a worldwide platform. Whilst there is a growing body of research focussing on rural dementia care, there is a need for instant access to evidence and best practice so that practitioners, educators, service commissioners, and academics can build on the work of others in their specific country or regional context.
This presentation will outline the formation of an international special interest collaboration focussing on rural dementia service initiatives and report on its research findings from a worldwide survey disseminated through Alzheimer’s Disease International to its 73 member countries. The findings highlight expressed demand and benefits of having a web based platform to connect rural dementia best practice initiatives and research.
Following the survey outcomes the Gateway for Rural International Initiatives in Dementia (GRIID) collaboration has created a webbased pathway to connect rural dementia initiatives across the world, enabling the sharing of ideas and define the importance of rurality in the care for people with dementia.