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A new integrated model for dementia management

A new integrated model for dementia management

A Greek interdisciplinary scientific group proposes new technologies, novel neuroscientific concepts and advanced socio-economic and administrational organisation to ease the management of dementia in elderly

Dr Kostas Petsanis

Jeudi 23 mai de 18 h 30 à 20 h 00
Salle du Conseil


The general economic crisis while being a nightmare for the society, it has also given way to a new kind of reorganization and living. Elderly people come up against many health problems. A society of elders needs flexible solutions in every day living in order to avoid social and health stalemates. The mood and cognition in the elderly turn out to be doubtful and problematic. These situations give rise to a continuously growing number of depressed and demented elderly people with catastrophic results to the quality of life and social management. Αn interdisciplinary group of greek scientists proposes a novel advanced process of ambient interaction for elderly people with dementia using new computer-aided technologies.

This new integrated model for dementia management embraces new neuroscientific and social concepts, driven by the ways elderly people confront their everyday living problems, their moods and their cognitive disabilities. Incorporating technological applications, environmental modifications and neurocognitive knowledge in patient's daily care, we give them the opportunity to maintain their existing abilities, be active during daily life, improving their emotional status and increasing the quality of their life markers. Through these sophisticated interventions, elders can be treated using light and sound technology, avoiding unnecessary pharmacological interventions, being socially active and enjoying a variety of activities. Multi-sensorial patterns such as robots, telemedicine applications, computerized brain training, special therapeutic applications such as music intervention bed, sensory rooms, therapeutic virtual train and smart home devices constitute basic parts of the individualized patient treatment. Furthermore, ambient strategies and behavioral techniques such as doll therapy, art programs, environmental solutions and memory products are main tools during the personalized elder care. Using the collaboration among various scientific views, we intent to focus on daily needs, which appear mainly in everyday living. Patients with neurocognitive disorders can be treated with a humanistic approach while using simultaneously new electronic advances and pioneering neuropsychological data.

The future of dementia management looks particularly promising socially and technologically, where the needs of the elderly are respected.

Dr. Kostas Petsanis

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1969. Gaduated in Modena Italy in 1997.
Medical doctor in army special forces in Greece. Medical doctor of the Hellenic Element in AFSouth NATO Allied forces in Naples Italy.
Trainee neurologist in Hippokrateion hospital in Thessaloniki Greece.
Neurologist from 2007. From 2008 until November 2012 neurologist at the Greek Association Alzheimer Disease. From 2008 until September 2011 special advisor and neurologist at home services for Dementia Patients in Thessaloniki.
From 2009 until now trainee in new technologies on dementia in special centers in Lombardia Milan. Member of the Psychogeriatric Society in Italy.
Phd in Neuropharmacology titled "Neuroprotective effects of an NMDA antagonist called Dap-5 after nerve crush in neonatal rats" .
Member of the "Applied Neurosciences and Social Managing Interdisciplinary Equipe" in Thessaloniki Greece.