Subject/Topic I Raising Awareness for Dementia in Deaf Older Adults in Europe

Funding I Erasmus+, Duration I 2022-2025

Project description:
International organisations have suggested that the provision of a diagnosis of dementia should be considered as a human right (Alzheimer's Disease International, 2020). Timely diagnosis of dementia is a key priority for many countries around the world (Alzheimer's Disease International, 2020), as it is a gateway to a number of services that support better quality of life, such as access to proper medication, time to plan for future care preferences and opportunities to express needs, wants and aspirations (Robinson et al. 2011). Identification of early signs of dementia among family, friends and communities plays a very important role in early diagnosis. Supporting early detection encompasses public education programs and good access to information (Alzheimer's Disease International 2011). However, poor access to health‐related information in sign languages has been identified as a significant inequality for Deaf communities around the world (Fellinger et al. 2012, Sign Health 2014) and up to this moment awareness of the early signs of dementia is very low among the Deaf communities.

Deaf people's identities lie at the intersection of culture and disability (Corker 1998). To be Deaf is a culturally determined definition; it is not an audiological one. However, in most cases, social policies and laws address Deaf people largely in terms of equality regarding disability (Equality Act 2010). The objectives of the project are twofold: a) the development of a new, comprehensive, technologically enhanced method for dementia screening in older Deaf adults in two Sign Languages (Austrian and Greek) and b) a non-formal educational program addressed to the whole Deaf community and experts, aiming at:

  • promoting and highlighting dementia awareness in the Deaf Community
  • familiarizing experts with the screening test and its functionalities
  • raising awareness among experts and the Deaf community about Deaf culture, dementia, as well as about the importance its early screening in Deaf older adults
  • disseminating the screening test to the Deaf community
  • performing a pilot non-formal training on the test and its functionalities to native fluent GSL signers that are not experts in order to upskill the Greek Deaf Community with skills and knowledge that will promote their well-being.

Project coordination:

TeichmannDr. Birgit Teichmann – Biologist (Diploma), Gerontologist M.Sc.
Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University
Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)6221 54 8124




Projekt partners:

Ege Karar Gr

Ege Karar Diplom Sozialarbeiter/Sozialpädagoge
und staatlich geprüfter Gebärdensprachdolmetscher

Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University
Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany





Angelidou GrIoanna Antigoni Angelidou
Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University
Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)1766 18 54292




Cooperation Partner I.

Ελληνική Εταιρεία Νόσου Alzheimer
και Συγγενών Διαταραχών
Κέντρο Ημέρας "Αγία Ελένη"






Tsatali 2Dr. Marianna Tsatali
Netzwerk AlternsfoRschung, Universität Heidelberg
Bergheimer Straße 20
69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)6221 54 8124




Tsolaki Prof. Dr. Magda Tsolaki
(Neuropsychiatrist, Greek Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation and Related Disorders)
Department of Neurology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Despere 3, 54621 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel: +30 2313 307 332



Cooperation Partner II.


Ένωσης Κωφών
Βόρειου Ελλάδος






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Tarsitsa Ntova





Cooperation Partner III.

Fondazione Istituto dei Sordi
di Torino ONLUS








DolzeEnrico Dolza, PhD
Istituto dei Sordi di Torino - Direttore
Università degli Studi di Torino - Professore a contratto di Pedagogia Speciale
Viale San Pancrazio, 65 - 10044 Pianezza

Tel: +390119676317



NicolaNicola Della Maggiora
Istituto dei Sordi di Torino
Università degli Studi di Torino
Viale San Pancrazio, 65 - 10044 Pianezza

Tel: +393318520534



Cooperation Partner IV.


Barmherzige Brüder Wien






Doris HoffmannDr. Doris Hoffmann-Lamplmair, MSc
Clinical psychologist, Psychotherapist

Johannes von Gott Platz 1, Wien
Tel (01) 21121 2111, Fax (01) 21121 2103




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Dr. Patrick Martinetz





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Romeo Seifert







Cooperation Partner V.


Αθηνά - Ερευνητικό Κέντρο Καινοτομίας
στις Τεχνολογίες της Πληροφορίας,
των Επικοινωνιών και της Γνώσης




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