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Dementia and Innovation

You don’t know what you don’t know.

The students in HMB440H1 – Dementia, led by Dr. Taverna, went on the inaugural International Course Module (ICM) to the Netherlands this February to learn precisely what we don’t know about supporting and caring for individuals with dementia.

During this trip, they were fortunate enough to meet Maya Lievegoed, who discussed innovation in elderly care and explained the TINO technique used to discover unrecognized knowledge. She is also a TEDx speaker, and you can find her talk here:


With a jam-packed schedule, the students were able to visit Humanitas, The Hogewyk, Vreedenhoff, and Humint Solutions all in one week. These visits showed a different way of thinking around elderly care, with the goal of maintaining a sense of normalcy and autonomy compared to the traditional ideas around institutionalized care.


Part of this experience is presenting their findings at the university-wide ICM research day, and students leveraged this opportunity to bring their learnings home. There are already a few burgeoning communities in Canada trying innovative care models, as the population continues to age, the demand for elderly care will only continue to grow. With continued research, more support can be appropriately provided to develop care with a focus on meaningful and enriching lives for individuals with dementia.