Belgium, Leuven

Ethics in Dementia Care

when 2 July 2019 - 5 July 2019
language English
duration 1 week

The number of persons with dementia will rise considerably in the years to come. The increasing prevalence of dementia and the treatment and care for people with dementia present a myriad of important ethical questions and responsibilities. What do we think of the quality of life of people with dementia and of their subsequent end of life? What are the opinions about vulnerability and dignity in case of dementia? What do we consider to be ‘good care’ and ‘a good death’ for persons with dementia?

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organisational-ethical approaches to dementia care. During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. Time will be provided for intensive discussion and interaction.

This course starts from an interdisciplinary perspective (incorporating philosophy, theology, medicine, social sciences, nursing, as well as normative and empirical ethics). During the course, national and international experts will give presentations on various ethical topics in the domain of dementia care. Time will be provided for intensive discussion and interaction. The language of instruction will be English.

Course leader

Chris Gastmans

Target group

The course is of interest to participants from diverse professional backgrounds, such as health care administration, medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, philosophy and theology, and is open to healthcare and social workers, people from universities, university colleges, and patient associations, and members of ethics committees, and to PhD students undertaking courses of study in these areas.

Course aim

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organisational-ethical approaches to dementia care. More specifically, the aims of this course are:
(1) To analyse fundamental notions that occupy centre stage in the field of dementia care ethics (i.e. various notions of care, the human person, vulnerability, and dignity). As such, extensive understanding will be provided into the philosophical and ethical foundations of dementia care practices.
(2) To educate participants on a range of ethical topics that figure largely in contemporary debates on dementia care, namely, early stage diagnosis, use of robotics, dealing with sexual expression, advance care planning, euthanasia and other end-of-life issues. These topics will be explored from philosophical-ethical and empirical-ethical perspectives.
(3) To introduce participants into a variety of stakeholders’ perspectives on ethics in dementia care: patients, relatives, nurses, physicians, institutional managers, and society as a whole.
(4) To establish exchange among national and international experts with respect to ethics in dementia care.

Fee info

EUR 0: The course fee will be € 820 if you register and pay as a participant before May 15th 2019; € 920 for registration and payment from May 15th 2019 onwards. This fee includes tuition and course materials, as well as refreshments, four lunches, and a dinner.
EUR 0: Reduced registration fee for participants from Eastern Europe and Low Income Countries is € 620 (before May 15th 2019) and € 720 (from May 15th 2019 onwards). This fee includes tuition and course materials, as well as refreshments, four lunches, and a dinner.