February 2019 Seminars

A unique opportunity

Dates and Locations

Wellington Christchurch Auckland
Monday, 18 February 2019
Tuesday, 19 February 2019 Friday, 22 February 2019
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport
Novotel Hotel Auckland Airport

Thinking differently about Dementia

Dementia is part of the daily lives of our population. Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia (Alzheimers Disease International 2018).  80% of Kiwis know or have known someone with dementia. There is so much to learn and many positive new ways to care for and assist people with dementia.

The DAA Group with Care-Metric are thrilled to bring an expert from the Netherlands to undertake a seminar series with thought provoking information and experiences to think differently about caring for people with dementia.

We are proud to introduce Dr Frans Hoogeveen

Associate Professor of Psychogeriatrics, The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

Dr Frans Hoogeveen’s knowledge and experience is being practiced in a small nursing home in The Hague that operates a ‘de Herbergier’ (the innkeeper) model. The home, a converted school on three levels, accommodates 16 residents living with dementia who live independently in an apartment with 24-hour on-site oversight from resident managers and a small number of staff.

Supported by Dr Frans Hoogeveen, the focus is on improving learning capacity in residents with dementia, giving them new strategies that increase their independence and ownership of their home community.

Seminar Topics

Over three days of seminars, Dr Frans Hoogeveen will cover different topics at each of the three venues. This is an opportunity to get a lot of learnings from an international expert at each seminar. Alternatively, you could send different staff to each seminar and share the knowledge internally within your organisation.

Dr Frans Hoogeveen will cover the following topics:

All venues

  • Aspects of Dementia
    • The way people with dementia feel is not only caused by the ailment (medical domain). It is equally important to consider to what extent people with dementia are able to deal with the changes resulting from the ailment (psychological domain) and the way dementia influences social relationships (social domain). The grief resulting from the ailment and the consequences of living with dementia cannot be prevented, but they can be alleviated by support in all three domains.


  • Living with people living with dementia
    • When your life partner has dementia this influences the relationship with him or her. Loss of reciprocity is one of the important consequences. “I miss him so much” and “She is no longer the woman I married”, are typical remarks. The way you can optimise the relationship in spite of all the problems is the principle theme of this lecture.
  • Intimacy and sexuality in people with dementia
    • Young or old, good looking or not, healthy or ill, suffering from dementia or not, intimacy and sexuality are basic human needs. However, when people get old and live with dementia these basic needs do not get a lot of attention. People with dementia and their life partners have a tendency to not mention this, and taboos regarding these needs are sometimes still very much alive. Professionals will therefore have to take the initiative to talk about these subjects.


  • Learning and dementia
    • Dementia is a process. In the early stages of the illness people with dementia still have a lot of abilities and few limitations. As the illness progresses the reverse is true. However, there always remain possibilities, however small they might be, to make use of processes regarding memory and learning abilities in people with dementia.
  • Quality of life and dementia
    • Quality of life is the central theme in dementia care. High quality dementia care aims at optimising the perceived quality of life of people with dementia and their loved ones in spite of the illness and the oftentimes difficult circumstances. In this lecture Frans Hoogeveen discusses all important aspects of the quality of life of people with dementia. Furthermore he will provide you with tools to improve the quality of life in practice.


  • The brain implications and dementia
    • Dementia is a disabling ailment. What do we know about the brain with dementia and the consequences of damage in the brain regarding behaviour and the mental state of people with dementia? In this lecture Frans Hoogeveen discusses topics such as stimulus processing, inhibition, variations in functioning, flexibility and emotions. On the basis of his knowledge of these topics he will provide you with practical tools to deal with people with dementia.
  • Dementia and challenging behaviour
    • People with dementia often exhibit challenging behaviour, in earlier days sometimes referred to as problem behaviour. But what is the problem actually and whose problem is it? Problem behaviour can be looked upon as a sign that a person with dementia is severely troubled by something. In this lecture Frans Hoogeveen shows what you can do to keep wellbeing and the state of mind of people with dementia levelled. He refers to this as “mood management”: the better the wellbeing and state of mind, the smaller the chance of challenging behaviour. Furthermore, he will discuss what you can do when problem behaviour occurs nontheless.

The seminars open for registration at 8:30am, with the welcome and introductions starting at 9:00am. The seminars will finish at approximately 4:00pm.

Registrations are now closed.