English lecture series

We launched our English lecture series with the first talk by Prof. Nancy Pachana from Australia. The goal of this lecture series is to connect to aging researchers from around the world and hear about important research and new developments all around the topics of adult development and healthy longevity.

Refinding Eden: A new look at a holistic model of care for older persons – Prof. Nancy Pachana

Prof. Nancy Pachana is a clinical geropsychologist, neuropsychologist and professor in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland. She is Director of the Healthy Aging Initiative in the Health & Behavioural Sciences Faculty, and Program Lead of the Age Friendly University Initiative, at University of Queensland.

Abstract of the talk: What is important for older people later in life should be able to be carried forward into how they live in their later years, even, perhaps especially, if this is in a nursing home. In this talk, Prof. Pachana discussed the Eden Alternative Model – a model that aims to enrich the lives of all who live and work in the nursing home environment. The presence of children, gardens, pets and a philosophy of meaning, autonomy and respect have been fundamental to this framework. Prof. Pachana discussed the Eden Alternative and her views on potential meaningful updates of the model going forward.

Short Interview with Prof. Pachana