Keynote speakers Caring for Older People: How Can We Do the Right Things Right? nursing interventions that do change older patient outcomes in a cost effective way? How do nurses integrate technological innovations in strengthening their practice in caring for older people? How do we educate nurses in delivering and monitoring of evidence based interventions in care for older people? How do we inform society on nurses’ contribution to quality care in a greying nation? Given these challenges and the expectations of nurses’ contribution to quality care, an essential step is the strengthening of evidence based practice and innovation Topic: Patient and public involvement The art of aging with comorbidities, a personal perspective. Dr. h.c. Cees Smit Patient advocate Within 65 years, Cees Smit became a person with multiple chronic diseases. While he is getting older, his caregivers are getting younger. By now, he has to deal with the 6th generation of caregivers, most of whom have no clue about his medical and socio-personal life. In pediatrics, rehabilitation and geriatric care, a holistic approach has been developed in which the patient is seen as a person in relation to his environment. Care encompasses also the family. In most hospitals settings for adults, such a care setting for aging older patients is in sharp contrast with the way these hospitals are organized nowadays. Cees Smit would favor a much more holistic care concept for aging patients with comorbidities. Reception at Rotterdam City Hall 17.00 - 19.00 hrs www.rotterdam2016.eu 9

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