Variations in meeting centers for people with dementia and their carers. Results of a multi-center implementation study

R. M. Dröes, F. J.M. Meiland, M. J. Schmitz, I. Boerem, E. Derksen, J. De Lange, M. J.F.J. Vernooij-Dassen, W. Van Tilburg

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In this study we investigated whether a support program based on the model of the Amsterdam meeting centers for people with dementia and their carers, is in line with the needs and possibilities in other areas in the Netherlands, or if variations in the program are indicated. This study is part of a larger study into the nationwide implementation of meeting centers in the Netherlands. The data gathered on the basis of questionnaires shows that, although the support offer is almost identical on the interregional level, there are differences in terms of initiator(s), type of location, frequency of discussion groups and monthly meeting for all participants, background of staff members, number of volunteers and structural funding. The people with dementia who use the meeting centers in the various regions do not differ significantly on sex, age, civil status, severity of dementia and physical invalidity. The family carers also exhibit more similarities than differences on the interregional level. In every region the majority of carers are female, married or cohabiting, and a minority are gainfully employed. They generally share a household with the person with dementia, or they live in the same municipality. In nearly all centers the majority of carers exhibit psychological and/or psychosomatic symptoms. In most regions participants make use of all elements of the support program (social club, discussion groups, informative meetings, consultation hour). The study shows that the support program based on the Amsterdam model meets general needs of people with dementia and their carers and is therefore generally applicable, but adaptive implementation is desirable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-147
Number of pages21
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2004


  • Adaptive implementation
  • Carers of persons with dementia
  • Dementia
  • Support program for persons with dementia

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