1. Slovak R.E.A.C.H. conference

Topic: SENIORS - physical and mental health, daily practice, senior patient management, senior care


June 2017 

DKC Veritas, Kosice

Number of awarded credits: 5

Experts from the USA presented the effects of chronic diseases, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, provided the results of new research and current foreign trends in senior care and overall approach to it. They introduced innovative methods of access to senior citizens, and explained the specifics of seniors perception.

Slovak experts, from interdisciplinary departments, provided a diverse view at the outpatient, inpatient, constitutional and home care for seniors.

The conference was intended for all nurses, caregivers, family members and the general public who are interested in getting to know the mental and physical health of seniors, their needs, understand the possible pitfalls of senior care, familiarize themselves with modern approaches to senior care.

Topics of the conference:

  1. Senior care
    outpatient, inpatient, institutional and home care, daily practice, senior patient management
  2. Brain Health
    steps to reduce stress, simple brain exercises, cognitive skills, memory improvement, nutrition, exercise
  3. Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
    results of new research on Alzheimer's disease, early identification program, models of care provision
  4. Chronic diseases
    current status and prevention of chronic diseases, maintaining quality of life of seniors, results of studies


From USA:

  • Sue Maxwell, MSW 
    expert in gerontology, president of many geriatric committees, former director of the 5th largest provider of senior care in the USA

Lectures in English language were simultaneously translated into Slovak language!

Lecturers from Slovakia:

  • Assoc. Prof. Maria Hulikova, MD, PhD.
    expert in haemostaseology, Head physician of Centers of Haemostasis and Thrombosis, Vice-President of the Slovak Society for Haemostasis and Thrombosis
  • MUDr. Anna Molnarova
    psychiatrist of Univerzitná nemocnica L. Pasteura v Košiciach (Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Kosice)
  • PhDr. Jana Bakova, MPH
    nurse at JIS I. Chirurgická klinika UNLP Košice( I. Surgical Clinic of Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Košice)
  • Mgr. Zuzana Vaskova
    Klinika ortopédie a traumatológie pohybového ústrojenstva Košice (Clinic of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Locomotive System Kosice)
  • Mgr. Jana Dorcakova
    nurse at I. Dermatovenerologická klinike UNLP Košice (I. Dermatovenerological Clinic of Louis Pasteur University Hospital in Kosice)
  • PhDr. Valeria Horanska, PhD.
    teacher at SZŠ sv. Alžbety v Košiciach (Secondary School of Nursing of St. Elizabeth in Kosice) and assistant at VŠZaSP sv. Alžbety v Košiciach (St. Elizabeth University of Health and Social Sciences in Kosice)


Number of awarded credits: 5
The conference was included in the system of evaluation of participation in professional scientific events in accordance with the Education Decree no. 366/2005 as amended and registered by SKSaPA (Slovak Chamber of Nurses and Midwives).


1. Slovak R.E.A.C.H. conference (Research, Education and Community Health) focused on health and care of seniors.

By the year 2030, the total population of persons of age 65 and over will grow to 1 billion worldwide.
This global trend also applies to us, Slovakia is no exception.
Developed countries expect 140 percent increase of the population over the age of 65 by 2030.

For the first time in world history, persons of age 65 and over will exceed the number of children less than 5 years of age.

At the same time, life expectancy is prolonging. The fastest growing population group in most developed countries is people of age 85 and over.

This new demographic shift of aging population is related to challenges in addressing health and social care issues and the overall care system. These challenges include the development of a new paradigm of geriatric education, funding, reworking care systems, the development of new procedures to ensure a better quality of life for all aging people, building community structures and support systems to achieve and maintain the independence of seniors for as long as possible.

In cooperation with geriatric experts from the USA and interdisciplinary experts from Slovakia, we introduced 1. Slovak R.E.A.C.H. conference (Research, Education and Community Health).