On March 22, Dong A University cooperated with International Federation for Dementia Care to organize the 2nd International Scientific Workshop on "Dementia and Dementia Care".
The most prominent point of the workshop was that the Representative of the Department of Health in Danang established the encouragement board for Dementia Care Organization in Danang with the participation of seven members under the direction of Mr. Luong Minh Sam - the Vice Rector of Dong A University. This is an important step prior to the official congress for establishing the Dementia Care Organization in Danang soon, which contributes to the Dementia Research and Care in Danang.
The Encouragement Board for Dementia Care Organization in Danang
Delivering the opening speech at the workshop, Mr. Luong Minh Sam - the Vice Rector of Dong A University claimed that currently, Vietnam is facing with the increasing number of patients with dementia symptoms. However, there is also a limited serious care for this disease which needs to be detected and treated early to improve the life quality for the elderly. Thus, attending the workshop, Mr. Luong Minh Sam hopes that speakers who are experts on Dementia Care from Japan and Vietnam will share useful experiences about dementia care research in general and dementia care particularly.
Mr. Luong Minh Sam - the Vice Rector of Dong a University delivered the opening speech
“This workshop is expected to bring about more interest and passion for research collaboration on dementia care between Dong A University and other medical service providers as well as partners from Japan. Then dementia care would be more carefully focused”. Mr. Luong Minh Sam said.
At the workshop, speakers represented some noticeable reports including: Sleep quality evaluation by PSQI for the elderly; the current status of Dementia Care in country members of IFDC; the management model and results from some research on dementia care in Vietnam and so on.
Attending the conference, there were experts on dementia care from Japan and Vietnam
A lot of students from Medicine Faculty came to the conference to gain knowledge about dementia care
Among those reports, the report named "The proposed management model and results from some research on dementia care in Vietnam" represented by Mr. Tran Thua Nguyen - Representative from Hue National Hospital revealed that due to the population aging, the rate of people exposed to dementia is growing, which is a real challenge for diagnosis, cure and care. The research also gave some suggestions such as the need for improving the specialized skills and knowledge for medical teams and focusing on the dementia management for each community.
The research of Doctor Nguyen Anh Quan - Dong A University on the rate and the factors related to dementia symptoms of the elderly at care centers in Danang figured out some noticeable points including: hypertension will increase the rate of dementia exposure by 7.6 times; lack of academic knowledge and mental training will increase the rate of dementia exposure by 3.5 times and so on. According to the report, there is a lack of human resource and a need for improving the specialized skills for elderly care. Therefore, UDA is ready to collaborate to adapt to the requirements of medical centers for advancing the human resource quality.
Presenting at the conference, Mr. Shigeru Shimoda - the General Secretary of IFDC briefly introduced about the IDFC and the certificate for Dementia Care Expert. Mr. Shigeru Shimoda told that in the upcoming time, UDA will collaborate with IFDC to train experts for dementia care and give international certificates. “IFDC is willing to cooperate with UDA to train human resource for dementia care, which would make a big contribution to dementia care research and care in Danang in particular and Vietnam in general.” Mr. Shigeru Shimoda shared at the conference.
Ngo Thi Thuan - a student of Medicine Faculty presented the Research on Sleep quality evaluation by PSIQ for the elderly at Danang Hospital