MemoHELP - Improve your Memory

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MemoHELP - Improve your Memory

Slovenia
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

MemoHELP is an innovative pilot prevention project that
introduces new approaches for solving the problem of
weakening memory and declining mental and physical health
among older people.
The project carries out an exceptional value for eldery.
In short: MemoHELP is help for self-helping against age
poring memory.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

MemoHELPTM project is an innovative pilot prevention project that introduces new approaches for solving the problem of weakening memory and declining mental and physical health among older people. Currently, does problems with memory begin to resolve when the memory is so bad that we are talking about chronical failure of brain functions, that is called a dementia. Decline in memory is a natural phenomenon, but it is possible resist it with studies based on the known results of systematic and proper training, or at least prolong the period before dementia occurs, which can be very helpful for the elderly quality of life. The European Commission is clearly aware of aging population and the consequent problems related to weakening memory and dementia, which stated in some documents: that a decline in memory and dementia is a serious problem. There is practicaly no Member of the European Union, with the exception of Germany, which has already brought a little bit of effort in dispute in this field. Therefore, we integrate the project with the biggest European Association for memory training MemoryXL from Germany. The project is solving the problem of weakening the memory of older people, that leads older people to mental changes and in their passivity and loss of social contacts and the uncertainty, fear and discomfort which is especially true for people around the age of 65. Decline in memory not only affects the elderly but also those people that are close. People with dementia or weak memory are completely dependent on foreign and comunity In Slovenia we have to deal with the emergence of over - aged population, which will also lead to the fact that more and more old people are sick. In Slovenia, dementia affects per year about. 6,000 new patients in the age of 65. Their number will continue to grow more rapidly due to the increased number of older and have longer life expectancy. The project MemoHELP is helping elderly people to slow decline in memory and to rise awareness that they may decline in memory with appropriate training and exercises slow down and delays becoming »bad« memory and the onset of dementia.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

In the project MemoHELP, we used almost all so far known techniques for training brain and memory. We took knowlege that is used by professionals worldwide for teaching younger generations in schools. These techniques have been intertwined with techniques for teaching eldery, and with the content of what are interest and what motivate older people. and linked them to a collection that raises the level of brain function and keep »them« in shape. All the knowledge we putted in the manual, In the preparation of teaching and disseminated it to interested people. We were also attentive to the specific needs of older people: poor hearing, poor eyesight, poor motivation ...During the project we were observing the progress of individuals and adapt our tempo of lectures and materials to them. We teached eldery people how to fish or in other words how to train their memory on their own and stay in a brain condition and avoid serious age-related brain damage. Innovation that was introduced is this project is also that we used knowlege for teaching young generations in schools for training brains eldery. Nature endowed us with curiosity, but often forget on it. We poured into fresh clothes the curiosity and the existing knowledge and experience, and offered them to elderly. Participants enthusiastically accepted the new learning techniques and exercises your brain. Our tehniques shows quick results and immediately raise self-esteem as the individual sees the effects soon and realizes that he has no bad memories, only poorly trained memory. Thus, they are keen to start to take care of their memory every day.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The project MemoHELP wants to help elderly people to slow decline in memory and to rise awarenes that they may decline in memory with appropriate training and exercises slow down and delays becoming »bad« memory and the onset of dementia. The core activities of project MemoHELP led us to successfully implementing the project. First, we informed earlier about the importance of training the brain and their positive effects (posters, postcards, media reports ...). We have prepared a Handbook and Materials for Workshops. At the same time the material was prepared for memory training at home and so we Installated the memory portal and e-classrooms. For spreading the positive effects of training brains we have prepared a round table conference and expert consultation. how we have gained more participants and professional public. On the basis of experience we have development program for trainers MemoHELP TRAINERS.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The competition represents for us the confirmation that we are doing well and that we can can also spread our good work beyond the borders of Slovenia. We are proud of your work and especially the effects of the project MemoHELP. Competition can also be seen as a "show" where organizations can connect with similar operations and upgrade our projects.
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About You
First Name

Vanja

Last Name

Jus

Implementer(s) and cooperation partners
Name

EIC Univerzum Minerva Maribor

Type

University

Country where main implementer is located
How long has the main implementer been operating?

More than 5 years

Please provide a short description of the main implementer.

We are pervasive, progressive, innovative non-governmental organization, which introduced a new approach to education, networking, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property protection. Our work is based on high professional standards, the desire for excellence, user-friendliness, flexibility and close relationship with our customers. We are one of the first of all (public and private) educational organizations in Slovenia, which started with the introduction of distance learning, and the first to have brought the most advanced knowledge and skills in the field of learning and memorizing techniques in Slovenian territory. We are one of the first NGOs that are for the excellence of its management received a quality certificate from the SIQ. We are one of the first non-governmental organizations that are active in the field of protection of intellectual property and technology transfer were among the first non-governmental organizations, which are registered with the Office of the Republic of Slovenia in the register of agents.

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Cooperation partner
Name
Type

Please select

Website
How does this cooperation partner support the initiative? What competencies and resources does this partner bring to the initiative?
Cooperation partner
Name

MemoryXL

Type

Non-profit/NGO

How does this cooperation partner support the initiative? Which competencies and resources does this partner bring to the initiative?

Through cooperation with the organization of Memory XL we have gained the knowledge and experience for training memory.

Cooperation partner
Name

MegaUM

Type

Please select

Website
How does this cooperation partner support the initiative? Which competencies and resources does this partner bring to the initiative?

They provide us technical suport and help us
with the realization of the project.

Cooperation partner
Name

Slovenian health network

Type

Network

How does this cooperation partner support the initiative? Which competencies and resources does this partner bring to the initiative?

They provide us technical suport and help us
with the realization of the project.

Problem and solution
Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?

Health literacy and patient empowerment, Personalized health management, Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, Assisted daily living, Independent living solutions, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering).

If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.

To facilitate the better implementation of the project,
we were informal connected with public and private institutions that brings together older (retirement homes, clubs, health centers ...). We also cooperate with exsisting cooperations which are active in the field of mental health and have a strong customer base. With all we have established a good partnerships and we helped each other.

Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.

Our solutions were tested during the duration of the project. We have conducted internal meetings in which we studied the merits and shortcomings. We adapted the content and the other parameters of the project and that is how we have ensured maximum impact.

How long has your solution been in operation?

for 1‐5 years

Please select the relationship between your solution and related solutions currently established in our society. Is your solution…

independent (your solution is approaching a problem that has not been approached before)

What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?

The competition represents for us the confirmation that we are doing well and that we can can also spread our good work beyond the borders of Slovenia. We are proud of your work and especially the effects of the project MemoHELP. Competition can also be seen as a "show" where organizations can connect with similar operations and upgrade our projects. On this way for the project MemoHELP hears more and more people. So how can join us even more interested
people. We are happy every and each individuall who joins the project. Our biggest wish is that the project MemoHELP grows into a widespread movement and we
will be dammed age forgetfulness.

Organization and funding
Regularly paid employees

4

Volunteers

5

Trainees

20

External advisers and experts

8

Others (please specify)

We are regulary cooperating with almost 50 different organizations

What are the specific professional backgrounds and competencies your team brings to the initiative?

The project MemoHELP involves various experts in the field of education, health, competition of memory tehniques, nevrolinguistic programming, law ...
Knowledge we intertwine and build both internal and external training as well with external and internal expert consultations and trainings. Knowledge is power and this power to expand further.

Please describe your management or coordination structure in the initiative.

The project MemoHELP has the person responsible for the project, project leader and project staff. The project is actively involved 10 individuals (project staff).
Weekly we face in working meetings and we coordinate our work. The project manager ensures that work is carried out smoothly. The responsible person supervises the project and is responsible for the sustainable development of the project.

Please provide the total yearly budget in Euro that your initiative spends on implementing the solution.

70.000

National public funding

%

European Union public funding

%

Economic return from own products/services

%

Foundations and philanthropy capital

%

Single donations from private individuals

%

Donations from private companies

%

Crowdfunding platforms

%

Participation fees

%

Other (please specify)

%

Target group, scale and impact
Which target group(s) do you want to reach with your solution?

The project approaches to the people age of 65 years and raises the awareness to take care for your memory and train your brain. Since this is the most vulnerable groupe "to get" age brain deseses…Further, the project will expand to include other groups and generations, because it is important that the brain is constantly in motion.

Please estimate the number of persons within your target group (users, clients, etc.) that you currently reach directly with your solution.

1500

In which local/regional/national area(s) is the solution currently implemented?

All regions in Slovenia and we are spreading the project to Switzeland and Croatia

What is the impact on your target group (users, clients) you want to generate?

The project MemoHELPTM wants to help elderly people to slow decline in memory and to rise awarenes that they may decline in memory with appropriate training and exercises slow down and delays becoming »bad« memory and the onset of dementia.

What is the wider impact on society you want to generate?

Decline in memory not only affects the elderly but also those people that are close.
People with dementia or weak memory are completely dependent on foreign aid and a burden to the local community, which generally provide secure accommodation as a country because of the chronic diseases that affects memory consumes a lot of money for drugs. We want to give knowledge of training brain to
all generations.

What are the impacts on your target group you already achieved?

With the project MemoHELP we raised self-esteem to more than 1,500 individuals. We have shown them that they have no poor memory. They only have bad trained memory which can be trained and thus trains can keep their brain fit for a long time. Everyday we get answered by an organization or individual which are interested in training the brain MemoHELP.

How has the impact of your initiative been assessed?

Experience-based self-assessment (you assessed the impacts based on your experiences with the target group), Feedback-based self-assessment (you assessed the impacts based on feedback from the target group without using specific methods), Self-evaluation (you used qualitative and/or quantitative methods to assess impacts), External evaluation of impacts based on quantitative methods (quantitative measurement of impact indicators).

Public information and strategy
What information on your initiative is publicly available?

Mission and strategy, Organisational structure, Information on team members, Evaluation report, Financial report, Activity report, Working method and 'theory of change'.

Please indicate webpage or contact for obtaining the respective information.
What are your milestones for further developing, implementing, and establishing your initiative in the next three years? Please describe 1-3 milestones.

1. To constantly upgreade the knowledge and expand the project to as many EU countries and beyond.
2. To mobilize as many volunteers and staff to work on the project MemoHELP.
3. To attract a lot of interest in training the brain and expand the project MemoHELP as a mental exercise and thereby reduce the incidence of age related diseases brain.