Mental health

WHO iSupport: E-programme for Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Cathy Greenblat

26 April 2017 - Worldwide, more than 47 million people have dementia. Caregivers, often family members or friends, are crucial for people with dementia to live a life with meaning and dignity. For many it can be all consuming; placing a strain on work, finances and relationships. It can also take a heavy emotional toll.

WHO developed iSupport, an online training programme for caregivers of people with dementia, to help caregivers to:

  • understand the impact of dementia;
  • deal with challenging behaviours;
  • provide good care;
  • and take care of themselves.

Caregivers can tailor the programme to their personal needs and select as many lessons as they want. All lessons consist of several exercises and caregivers receive immediate feedback as they work through them. At the end of each lesson there is a relaxation exercise.

This generic online programme is now ready to be adapted and tested in countries worldwide.

Would you like to take a look and help WHO with field testing of iSupport?