Leuven, Belgium

Ethics in Dementia Care

when 4 July 2023 - 7 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 895

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? 


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

The ethics in dementia care summer course is organized by the Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Law at KU Leuven, and lead by Prof. Dr. 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 central 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, use of electronic tracking devices, 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 895: The early bird fee (895 euro) applies until 15 May 2023.
EUR 695: Eastern Europe and Low Income Countries: € 695 (before 15 May 2023) and € 795 (from 15 May 2023 onwards)