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  • Karen M. Wyatt

Namaste Care for People With Dementia with Joyce Simard MSW

Learn how this program for dementia patients reduces falls and hospitalizations and improves quality of life.

Thursday March 9, 2017

10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern

My guest Joyce Simard MSW has more than 38 years of experience in healthcare settings as a social worker and dementia care specialist. She says she is passionate about "helping people LIVE - not just exist - with irreversible dementia like Alzheimer's disease."

Professor Simard has been involved with the School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia and also with St. Christopher’s hospice in the UK measuring aspects of quality of life for people with advanced dementia, their families and staff participating in the Namaste Care Program. The first Namaste Care program in Canada was started in 2016 tas part of a research project funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. In March of 2016, Ms. Simard spent a week in Iceland speaking about Namaste Care and implementing programs in a care home in Reykjavik. Additional grants studying various aspects of Namaste Care began in the fall on 2016 in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In January of 2013, Provider Magazine recognized her as one of “20 To Watch” for her leadership and commitment to improve the lives of residents in long-term care facilities.

Ms. Simard has written numerous articles and chapters in healthcare books and has authored these books: “The Magic Tape Recorder”, a book for children about Alzheimer’s disease and “The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia” now in its second edition.

In this interview you will learn:

The inspiration behind Namaste Care

A typical day in a Namaste Care Program

Benefits of Namaste Care for patients, family members and staff

How to start a Namaste Care Program

How Namaste Care is spreading across the world

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