Joyce Simard, MSW, is an Adjunct Associate Professor School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney Australia, patron and founder of Namaste Care International and patron of Soul Midwives and Hope for Home a voluntary organization in the United Kingdom. She is a private geriatric consultant residing in Land O Lakes, Florida in the winter and Prague Czech Republic during the summer months. She has been involved in long-term care for over 40 years serving as Alzheimer’s specialist for many healthcare companies providing services in skilled nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospice organizations throughout the world. 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 three 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. She has been involved with grants studying the outcomes of Namaste Care with the School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia, St. Christopher’s hospice (UK), the University of Worcester (UK) and Lancaster University (UK). Ms. Simard is a popular speaker for organizations all over the world as she is known for bringing a light touch to serious subjects.
Dr. Volicer is currently the Courtesy Full Professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Visiting Professor at the 3rd Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Sydney. He studied medicine at the Charles University in Prague Czechoslovakia and received PhD in pharmacology at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. In 1969, he moved to the USA and started teaching pharmacology and doing research at the Boston University Medical School. In 1979, he moved his laboratory to the E.N.Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA and got involved in research and care for individuals with dementia.
As a medical director, he established one of the first Dementia Special Care Units and introduced the concept of structured palliative care for patients with advanced dementia. Goals of care on this unit were quality of life, dignity and comfort instead of prolongation of life at all costs. Dr. Volicer investigated various aspects of dementia care, including behavioral symptoms, medical complications and eating difficulties. He is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He published over 250 articles and chapters and edited four books on clinical management of dementia. He is a past chair of the American Medical Directors Association Ethics Committee, section editor for the Journal on Nutrition and Aging and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association.