About the Project

3D4ELDERLY – “3D printing to create innovative learning pathways for caregivers and staff members dealing with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia” (project number: 2020-1-LT01-KA204-077896) is a project supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2- Strategic partnership for adult education. 

The project aims to create innovative learning pathways that increase the quality of the work of caregivers and staff members dealing with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia and also to raise the quality of the life of the patients by using 3D technology.

Alzheimer is a degenerative neurological disease that affects the brain, progressively leading the patient to a state of total dependence, thus creating a very complex and difficult situation for people who take care of them. The causes of the disease are still unknown but there is a multi-factorial origin connected to various factors such as genetics, environment and lifestyle.

In addition, an important factor is the age, indeed the disease develops mainly between 75 and 85 years of age, however, this may not always also affect some younger people, while others older, over eighty or even centenarians may not find it at all.

One of the first symptoms of an Alzheimer’s patient is short-term memory loss. Some research stated that it is possible in the early stages of Alzheimer’s to recover lost memories, stimulating specific hippocampal neurons, the area of the brain responsible for recording short-term memories. For this reason, people with Alzheimer need cognitive stimulation exercises that stimulate memories, language, perceptions, reasoning, creativity, sociability and above all well-being.

The use of 3D printing will help these people by offering them a multisensory experience thanks to the tools created. This technology can be useful to support visual, tactile and therapeutic methods. The hands-on experience and this technology will help the person to receive an infinite number of requests which have a direct action on the brain areas connected to instincts and senses, with positive effects on the cognitive and relational sphere.

It lasts 22 months 01-12-2020/ 30/09/2022

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Objectives & Activites

OBJECTIVES
  • To prevent and awareness of Alzheimer and dementia and the early onset of the diseases.
  • To raise awareness and draw attention to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at local, national and international level.
  • To increase the quality of the educational and caregiving process of staff working with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia.
  • To provide proper tools to caregivers and staff members.
  • To create an activity tools for local and Europe-wide usage to assist in the improvement of memory in Alzheimer’s patients and those with early onset dementia. 
  • To increase the quality of the adult inclusive education in the countries involved.
  • To increase the cooperation among European different entities working in field of disabilities, and technology development.
  • To establish cooperation and partnership at the European level.
  • To develop and to promote competencies related to the technology for staff and organizations working with people with Alzheimer and elderly with dementia.
  • To promote a European up-skills pathway, carried out in different countries for using 3D Printing technology in different kind of work.
  • To increase the quality of the education of people with those diseases for basic skills important for their life.
  • To increase the quality of the technological knowledge of the partners involved and their stakeholders.
  • To promote a lifelong upgrade of competences by staff and educators working as in the health as in the technological field.
ACTIVITIES

The project aims to develop:

  • A guideline for caregivers to make them aware about the use of 3D Printing technology.
  • A set of memory exercises developed with 3DP for people with Alzheimer and dementia to help them to recover the loss of memory.
  • A web platform to collect exercises created with 3DP to be used with people with Alzheimer and dementia.
  • A training for experts, caregivers and other staff to test the exercises realised and give to them the skills in using 3D printing technology.
  • A therapy guide to assist in the improvement of memory in Alzheimer’s patients and those with dementia.

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RESULTS

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUT 1

A guideline for caregivers about the use of 3D Printing.

The consortium will create a guideline for caregivers and staff who work with people with Alzheimer and dementia. The guideline will be a useful tool to learn how to use a 3D printer and which are the types of technology on the market suitable and easy to use.

IO1A1 – Transfer of knowledge about the basics of 3D printing concepts to the caregivers’ staff working with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia

ENGLISH (PART 1 – PART 2)
ITALIAN (PART 1PART 2)
LITHUANIAN (PART 1 – PART 2) 
SPANISH (PART 1 – PART 2 

IO1 – A2: Identification of 3D printing technologies to be used in Alzheimer and elderly context

ENGLISH
ITALIAN
LITHUANIAN
SPANISH  

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUT 2

A set of memory exercises created with 3DP for helping
people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia.

A set of 15 exercises will be developed by 3D printing and suitable to use with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with dementia. All the exercises will be in STL format suitable for the Slicing software. The exercises have both technical and therapeutical specifications.

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUT 3

A web platform to collect exercises created with 3DP

to be used with people with Alzheimer and dementia.

The platform will be used to upload all the materials and in particular the 3D printing exercises. The goal of the platform is to create a community of caregivers and 3D printing provides that can ensure the sustainability of the project.  

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUT 4

A Training for experts, caregivers and other staffs involved in
the work with people with Alzheimer and elderly people with
dementia.

A training will be realised and it will consist both in a training for caregivers on the use of 3D printing and in a test phase conducted with people with Alzheimer and dementia for testing the products developed. 

INTELLECTUAL OUTPUT 5

Creation of a methodological guideline (therapy guide) to
assist in the improvement of memory in Alzheimer’s patients
and those with early-onset dementia accessible to all
Alzheimer centers. 

A guide manual for caregivers, for local and Europe-wide usage, will be created to assist in the improvement of memory in Alzheimer’s patients and those with early dementia. It will be composed of a theoretical part and a practical one. This guide will be a support tool for Alzheimer’s centers and for those who deal with elderly people with dementia, not only at the local but European level.

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