05/07/2022, 9:00 - 08/07/2022, 17:00
Ethiek en zingeving Woonzorg Eerste lijn

Ethics in dementia care

The number of persons with dementia will rise considerably in the years to come. The increasing prevalence of dementia and the treatment and care for people with dementia present a myriad of important ethical questions and responsibilities. What do we think of the quality of life of people with dementia and of their subsequent end of life? What are the opinions about vulnerability and dignity in case of dementia? What do we consider to be ‘good care’ and ‘a good death’ for persons with dementia? 

The objective of the course is to foster exchanges on foundational, clinical-ethical and organisational-ethical approaches to dementia care. More specifically, the aims of this course are: 

(1) To analyse fundamental notions that occupy central stage in the field of dementia care ethics (i.e. various notions of care, the human person, vulnerability, and dignity). As such, extensive understanding will be provided into the philosophical and ethical foundations of dementia care practices.

(2) To educate participants on a range of ethical topics that figure largely in contemporary debates on dementia care, namely, use of electronic tracking devices, use of robotics, dealing with sexual expression, advance care planning, euthanasia and other end-of-life issues. These topics will be explored from philosophical-ethical and empirical-ethical perspectives.

(3) To introduce participants into a variety of stakeholders’ perspectives on ethics in dementia care: patients, relatives, nurses, physicians, institutional managers, and society as a whole.

(4) To establish exchange among national and international experts with respect to ethics in dementia care.


Language: English
Registration deadline: June 15th 2022
Course CoordinatorChris Gastmans, PhD
Download the booklet here


Participation fee 

The early bird fee applies until May 15th, 2022.


  • Tuition
  • Course Materials
  • Refreshments
  • Four lunches
  • Dinner
Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel, Martelarenlaan 36, 3010 Leuven
Eerste startdatum
KU Leuven
00 32 16 37 33 03