Research Centre for Health and Welfare Technology

About the research

  • Research areas

    Our research is carried out in collaboration with students and professional practice.


    - Social and multi-disciplinary methods in nursing, care and treatment of people with dementia. 
    - Relative’s life situation and opportunities for involvement 
    - An active life with dementia – physically and socially 
    - Reminiscence  - memories 

    Palliative Care

    - Professional skills in the care of people with incurable illnesses 
    - A coherent palliative patient process 
    - National guidelines for palliative skills in the education of health professionals

  • Selected projects

    We carry out projects with Danish and international partners.

    New app for relatives to people with dementia

    Since 2013, VIA has led an EU project to develop an app to support relatives' caring for people with dementia. The digital platform contains information about dementia and is an educational tool for relatives. 

    The project "UnderstAID" was carried out in collaboration with partners from Spain and Poland.

    Financing: Co-funded by EU's Ambient Assisted Living Programme 

    Project period: Concluded June 2016 

    Project manager:
    Kirsten Maibom, Head of Centre 
    VIA Ageing & Dementia

    MOOC in dementia

    In September, 2015, the centre launched a Massive Open Online Course in dementia aimed at caregivers. 

    The aim of the course is to give relatives knowledge about the three most common types of dementia and to increase their abilities to cope with the illness and to mitigate the caregiver burden. 

    Everybody who has a computer can join the course. You can find the course here

  • Researchers

    Contact the researchers

    Rikke Gregersen, Associate Professor, PhD

    Responsible for research in dementia
    T: +45 87 55 18 10
    Academic profile

    Research specialisation: 
    • Person-centered care
    • Rehabilitation in dementia field (e.g. Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, CST)
    • Informal caregivers, their needs and relief

    Vibeke Røn Noer, Associate Professor, PhD

    Responsible for research in palliation 
    T: +45 87 55 20 16
    Academic profile

    • Qualitative research
    • Ethnography and education
    • Nursing/palliative care

    See an overview of the researchers

  • Partners

    We are always interested in co-operating to develop new knowledge.


    • Herning Municipality 
    • Holstebro Municipality 
    • Silkeborg Municipality 
    • Skanderborg Municipality 
    • Viborg Municipality 
    • Aarhus Municipality


    • Retrospect Film 
    • Sekoia 
    • Cesga, ES


    • Socialstyrelsen

    Industry networks/organizations

    • Alzheimerforeningen 
    • Dansk Gerontologisk Selskab 
    • Nationalt Videncenter for Demens 
    • Nationalt Videncenter for Palliation (PAVI) 
    • Dansk Multidisciplinær Cancer Gruppe for Palliativ Indsats 
    • UDP-A Coruña, ES


    • Syddansk Universitet 
    • Aarhus Universitet Deakin University, 
    • AUS Poznan University of Medical Sciences (PUMS), P0 
    • Proffessionshögskolan i Buskerud, HiBu, NO 
    • University of A Coruña (ES) 
    • National University of Ireland (IR) 
    • Bangor University (GB), 
    • Beijing University (BCU) China,


    • Hospitalsenheden Vest (Horsens)
    • Holstebro og Herning Sygehuse
    • Aarhus Universitetshospital


    • Proffessionshögskolan i Buskerud (NO)
    • Consorzio per la Ricerca e l’Educazione Permanente – COREP (IT)

Get inspired

Old photo

"Old times" makes for good conversation

Research shows that memories can be a good tool when caring for dementia patients.

VIA Ageing & Dementia