Thursday, September 3rd (Session G1) - Meet the Team from Humanitude and Learn About New Innovations in Dementia Care
The aging demographics impose changes in society, in general, and in the healthcare system in particular. Along with these demographics, there is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, among them Alzheimer’s Disease and other diseases and conditions that cause dementia. For caregivers, family, and the person itself, dementia can be difficult to understand and cope with throughout its progression. The main challenge identified in research is the management of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Even when there is a recommendation for non-pharmacological approaches, the majority of times, medication is the only intervention that caregivers find available. Humanitude is a multimodal methodology of care that professionalizes the relationship established between the resident and the caregiver. This non-pharmacological approach has been developed for 40 years, and its living authors, Yves Gineste and Rosette Marescotti, concluded that any care intervention without relational consent can become harmful, resulting in defensive behaviors leading to a reduction in quality of life and life expectancy of people living with dementia. With 150 techniques that are scientifically validated and can be incorporated into care practice through training, Humanitude reveals an efficacy difficult to match with up to 95% reduction of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) prevalence. Its results have made it a very prominent methodology of care in countries such as France, Japan, and the U.S.
1. Distinguish the Humanitude model of care from other humanistic care models.
2. Identify evidence-based relational techniques for daily care of frail elders and people living with dementia.
3. Describe measurable health outcomes from implementing Humanitude’s care techniques.
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João Pärtel Araújo
BSc, MSc, MBA / Humanitude Trainer
|João Pärtel Araújo’s mission is to bring joy into caregiving, regardless of setting and role, believing that life and happiness belong in healthcare. In 2006, his grandfather was diagnosed with vascular dementia, and that made him dedicate his life to geriatric and frail people care, searching for best caregiving practices to promote welfare and quality of life. João began as a caregiver, a nurse, a clinician, later becoming a healthcare director, and is now working as a trainer and a consultant. Travelling worldwide to train, empower and inspire healthcare professionals, families, and people with chronic health conditions, he is actively working to change the lives of hundreds of people with a relational approach to care. He has worked with Humanitude since 2010, the methodology of care developed by Yves Gineste and Rosette Marescotti, that he personally learned from them, achieving the certification of Humanitude instructor in 2016. He is currently the International Pedagogical Coordinator for Humanitude implementing this evidence-based methodology of care in Europe, Asia, and America.|
RN, MN, Co-Founder of Pioneer Network, Consultant
|Joanne Rader is a recognized expert in the LTC culture change movement, She has published numerous articles and books addressing the emotional needs and behavioral symptoms of persons with dementia including Individualized Dementia Care: Creative, Compassionate Approaches, and Bathing Without a Battle which received AJN Book of the Year awards in 1996 and 2002. Joanne has spoken extensively throughout the country, and is probably best know for her work on the development of the program, Bathing Without a Battle. Joanne is one of the Co-Founders of Pioneer Network.|
Director of People and Culture, Koelsch Communities
Aging is something shared by individuals in every corner of the globe. Benjamin Surmi will moderate a lively discussion where innovators from around the world will share stories of what is happening, promising innovations and explore how we can work together across international lines to move the future for aging forward. Empowering people to thrive “no matter what disability or cognitive disorder they may live with“ is the focus of Benjamin Surmi's work as a social gerontologist. Caregiver, activity director, lifelong learning center director, and home repair coordinator were each roles that shaped his understanding of the unique needs of seniors. He guides the person-centered training for over 2,400 employees in 8 states and is currently implementing an evidence-based approach to care from France called Humanitude. Benjamin coaches 70+ wellness directors who support over 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible.
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