A healthy mind in a healthy body

The population is getting increasingly older. This means that the number of memory complaints is increasing. Scientific research has shown that it is important to detect these complaints as early as possible. Maria Middelares General Hospital offers the Cognufit! Programme for patients with memory problems and their informal caregiver(s).

What can you expect from us as a patient?

  • We will test your physical fitness. Exercise daily. That will ensure that you will be able to organise your daily tasks better.
  • Together, we will keep your mind fit. We will do this through brain gym exercises and thinking exercises, both in groups and individually.
  • What solutions, tools and memory aids do you find helpful? We will explore this together.
  • Through home exercises, we will check if our tips are also usable and useful at home.
  • Learn to relax with our relaxation exercises. We will also provide you with the best psycho-emotional support.
  • If you wish, we will visit you at home. We look at practical problems and if needed, bring in home care services.
  • We keep in touch with your attending physician or GP and give you feedback. In consultation with you and your physician or GP, we will extend the sessions if you wish.
  • Activities will be conducted in small groups (up to six people).

What can you expect from us as an informal carer?

  • We will discuss with you how you feel, what questions or problems you have and we will gauge your caregiving capacity.
  • A person will be allocated to you whom you can contact by e-mail or telephone.
  • In case of problems, we will look for solutions with you.
  • You can participate in the following information sessions:
    • hygiene, self-care, medication use
    • tips for communication and interaction
    • socio-emotional experience
    • safety in the home and memory strategies
    • caregiving burden, caregiving capacity, laying down boundaries

What do we expect from you?

You and your partner or support person are sufficiently motivated to participate in the programme. You try out the tips you have received at home and help provide input for the content of the information sessions.

Practical information


The programme consists of four sessions.
Each of these are on Friday afternoon from 1.15pm to 4pm.


The day hospital for geriatric patients on ward D202.

How do I register?

You apply after the diagnosis, in consultation with your attending physician.


One geriatrician consultation and, if applicable, the cost of transport.

Would you like more information?

Contact us by e-mail:

or through one of our staff:

Dementia: care for the caregiver

Dementia: care for the caregiver

For informal carers

In Flanders, almost 65% of people with dementia live at home. Some live alone, others with a relative. People often have a great number of questions after the diagnosis. Those include practical questions but also questions about the emotional aspect.

How can you look after your relative with dementia but also look after yourself? ‘Dementia: care for the caregiver’ focuses on informal carers who care for someone with dementia, either at or outside of the home.

A number of things may be helpful:

  • Finding out more about dementia, its impact, how to cope with it and what support is available.
  • Learning to cope with your feelings, thoughts and caregiving burden better.
  • Meeting people who support and understand you.

What do we offer?

Ten meetings:

  • always in the same group of up to 15 informal carers of people with (young-onset) dementia
  • exchange of insights, knowledge and skills
  • reflection and exchange with other informal carers

These sessions will help you to cope with the sometimes challenging caregiving situation and also to derive satisfaction from it.

‘Dementia: care for the caregiver’ is a psychological education package developed at the initiative of the Flemish Expertise Centre for Dementia and the Flemish Alzheimer's League non-profit organisations. The counsellors have completed the ‘Dementia: care for the caregiver’ coach training.


€80.00 This includes your participation in the ten sessions and a copy of the book ‘Dementia: care for the caregiver’ (Dementie en nU) for informal carers.


The next ‘Dementia: care for the caregiver’ sessions will be run in the second half of this year. This lesson series will not take place at our hospital. See the leaflet below for more information and for registration.

Get more information by e-mail or through one of our staff:

Dementia Walk-in Centre

Dementia Walk-in Centre
Maria Middelares General Hospital is one of the partners running the Dementia Walk-in Centre.

Ghent aspires to being a dementia-friendly city. Everybody is welcome at the Dementia Walk-in Centre with questions about dementia.

Maria Middelares General Hospital is a partner of the Dementia Walk-in Centre. Compassionate care for people with dementia and their informal carers is a priority for us. Rest assured that you can always contact your physician or our dementia coaches with questions.

Dementia guidance

Dementia guidance

Dementia has a range of impacts. It is a good idea to plan and prepare for the future together with your carer. Do this at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Not everything must be accomplished straight away.

Below is a list of the most common and most important matters. It is not complete, as dementia manifests in many different ways. Every person requires an approach that suits their circumstances.

The Dementia guidance is aimed at those with early dementia and their helpers.

Flemish Expertise Centre for Dementia

Flemish Expertise Centre for Dementia

The Flemish Expertise Centre for Dementia is a partnership between the Flemish Platform for Informal Carers and SAM (a social welfare support centre). It is one of the action points in the informal care plan of the Flemish government.

Tailored information can be found on

Participation by informal carers

Participation by informal carers

Your role as carer

If a person with dementia is accompanied by their informal carer during their hospital stay, this may prevent the patient from feeling confused and agitated. As an informal carer, you are an essential part of the continuity of care for your loved one.

Paying attention to the ‘small’ things

Are you a carer for somebody with cognitive disorder or dementia? Is a hospital stay scheduled? Help us to get you know your loved one, so that we can take their daily routines into account as best as possible during their hospital stay. This will ensure a calmer and more comfortable hospital stay.

In the document below, you will find a number of questions about your loved one. Print it out, complete it and return it to the nurse in the department (nursing desk). The document will be put up in the room.

Dementia experts

Dementia experts

Are you a carer and do you have a specific question about dementia? You can contact one of our experts during office hours.