Scientific Program

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Day 1 :

Keynote Forum

Joost Degenaar

Hanze University of Applied Sciences/Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing

Keynote: The role and competences of health professionals in a new healthy ageing approach

Time : 09:50-10:35

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Joost Degenaar has graduated from Utrecht University in 1989. He worked in higher health education, mostly in nursing education and curriculum development, and was director of Education and |Research at Hanze University of Applied Sciences. Since 2013 he is director of the centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing, a public private partnership in which Hanze University collaborates with 150 partner organizations in 20 innovation labs on innovation in health care. Questions and challenges from professional practice and a interdisciplinairy approach are starting point for innovation. Nursing research and education is an important part of the activities.



Demographic Change and Health is an important theme all over the world. It is one of the grand societal challenges of the European Union: we have an fast ageing population, people live longer but with more chronic diseases, and the cost of health and social care increase. Solutions are to be found in a combination of prevention, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. 

Active and healthy ageing gives a fruitful approach to solve the challenges of demographic change and health. In the Netherlands, Healthy Ageing not only focusses about older people with diseases: we have a life cycle approach, from growing up healthy to growing old. The focus is on functioning and health and participation. We use a new definition of health as the ability to adapt and selfmanage in the face of social, physical and emotional challenges. Nurses play an important role in this approach.

In the international ELLAN project, a European Core Competence Framework is developed for health and care professionals working with older people.In this framework, assessment performance indicators are specified for each CanMed role. In October 2018 a new book is published, in which from the background of healthy ageing and demographic change, these competences are described .

The roles of (geriatric) nursing in this Healthy Ageing approach:

  • Strengthen selfmanagement and resilience of patients
  • Contribute to prevention and health literacy of citizens
  • Focus on functioning and the ability to adapt and selfmanage
  • Use interdisciplinary innovative methods in health improvement like health technology.


Keynote Forum

Dr. Elia Gourgouris

The Happiness Center, USA

Keynote: Intentional happiness: Seven paths to lasting happiness
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Elia Gourgouris Ph.D. is the president of The Happiness Center – an organization dedicated to creating personal success and happiness. Over the last 25-plus years, as a passionate promoter of optimism and deeply meaningful relationships, he has helped thousands of people achieve happiness and fulfillment, both in their careers and in their personal lives.

Dr. Elia is the author of the #1 Amazon Best-Selling book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness. In it, he helps readers identify and work through principles such as gratitude, personal branding, and forgiveness which everyone can apply to their lives for deeper, more meaningful and lasting happiness.  He has published over 120 articles for various newspapers and magazines, including the Huffington Post.


What is Happiness? Aristotle answered this by saying "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence" Happiness is a choice!  It is also attractive, healthy, and being connected, but it takes effort.

That being said, what inhibits our happiness, and how can mental health and nursing practitioners find happiness and fulfillment in their professions, when far too many suffer from profession burn-out, due to the high stress nature of their jobs.  In my keynote, I will address practical tools that are applicable to both them and their patients.  Several factors have a direct impact on our level of life satisfaction and fulfillment, including fear (of change, fear of success, and fear of failure), comparisons, selfishness, the burden of perfectionism, lack of forgiveness (and self-forgiveness), our inner critic, and toxic relationships.  When these mental and emotional roadblocks are removed, our inner joy will be freed from constraints and returned to our awareness.

The 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness reviews several of these roadblocks and provides both principles and “take action exercises” for individuals to learn from, and through its application to ultimately achieve genuine happiness, including:

1st Path: Loving Yourself  a)Personal Brand b) Perfectionism c)Inner Critic d)Comparisons

2nd Path: Gratitude a) Attitude of Gratitude  b)University of Adversity

3rd Path: Forgiveness a)Forgiveness equals freedom b) Self-forgiveness is the key

4th Path: Follow Your Passion a) Getting out of your comfort zone brings growth

5th Path: Nourish Your Spirit a) Faith vs Fear b) Meditation & Purpose

6th Path: Loving relationships a) Love languages  b) Criticisms & Toxic relationships c) Authentic listening  d) Trust

7th Path: Service a) The antidote to selfishness

Thousands of individuals have taken this life satisfaction survey, and various graduate students throughout the world, (including Singapore, UK, and The Philippines and others) have used it as part of their graduate thesis.  It is intended as a tool measuring current level of happiness. It could be used before and after treatment to show changes in level of happiness