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Polibienestar leads DS-AGEING, a European project to promote active ageing in people with Down syndrome

During the next two years Polibienestar will lead the European project funded by the Erasmus + program. The project will be developed by a consortium composed by 7 partners from 5 European countries: Polibienestar and Asindown from Valencia; APPT21 from Lisbon, Portugal; AUTH from Thessaloniki, Greece; ALDO-CET from Bailesti, Romania; and SPOMINCICA and DDSS from Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The DS-AGEING project arises with the intention of preventing premature cognitive and physical deterioration, promoting activity and fostering inclusion and interpersonal relationships through community participation, in people with Down syndrome over 30 years, increasing their quality of life.

For that aim, an online platform will be developed where all the materials designed and produced during the project will be stored, such as training materials and training activities, which will always be open access.

Down syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders and people who suffer from it are more likely to develop premature pathological ageing. In fact, many of them begin to show symptoms of deterioration (cognitive, physical and/ or social) from the age of 30.

The project will have an important participation of end-users (people with Down syndrome, their relatives and professionals in this field) both at the beginning and at the end of the process. The first stage will consist of co-creation sessions to meet the real needs of these targets and the last stage will be the validation of the platform and training materials, as well as the quality and effectiveness evaluation of the project results.

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