DAI Webinar: “Peer support groups and assistive technology: An Italian perspective”

Please register for our next DAI online “A Meeting Of The Minds” Webinar, “Peer support groups and assistive technology: An Italian perspective”.

  • October 25, 2017: 3:30 PM Chicago (CDT) USA
  • October 26, 2017: 7:30 AM Sydney (AEST) Australia

This event is being hosted by Dementia Alliance International (DAI) and is available online as a Webinar. Although it it set in a number of time zones, it is only ONE event.

About the hosts:  Cristian Leorin is Co-Founder and President of Novilunio Onlus; Eloisa Stella is Co-Founder of of Novilunio Onlus. They are both passionate about empoweing and hearing the voices of people with dementia, and Eloisa has been a very active supporter for DAI, including providing many Italian translaions of our materials.

About the Webinar:  In this webinar, Eloisa Stella and Cristian Leorin, co-founders of Novilunio, will provide an overview of how dementia is experienced and perceived in Italy and their efforts to promote a culture of positive change in their country. Founded in 2014, Novilunio is a non-profit organization that offers online and offline resources and activities inspired by a humanistic approach to living with dementia.

The speakers will introduce Novilunio’s new network of online peer support groups for care partners of people with different types of dementia. A network of online groups specifically dedicated to individuals living with dementia – the first of its kind in Italy – is also slated to be launched in 2018 inspired by the good practices of DAI’s peer support groups.

The second part of the webinar will be focused on Novilunio’s approach to assistive technologies, which combines “calm technology” principles with person-centered and human rights-based approaches to supporting people with acquired disabilities within the context of the next generation of connected devices. Such methodology is currently been studied within the EU-funded project REMIND, carried out by a Consortium of 12 European partners, including Novilunio, and 3 universities from Colombia, Argentina, and South Korea.

Following DAI co-founder and Treasurer John Sandbloms’ recent visit to Italy as a keynote speaker to present in Milan, this will be an interesting follow up to DAI’s presence in Italy. We will publish a blog about John’s visit next week, followed by a blog on the great work of our members in Canada th week after.