Prof. Joyce Simard, MSW (US)

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Current Positions:
2009-Present Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health and Sciences, University of Western Sydney, Australia
2007-present Alzheimer’s Expert for www.caring.com
2003-present Alzheimer’s Consultant EPOCH Senior Living, Waltham, MA.
2001-present Geriatric consultant, Land O Lakes FL.

Education:
1983 M.S.W., University of Minnesota, Minnesota
1982 Internship, Hertfordshire Social Service, Hatfield, England
1978 B.A. Sociology/Social Work, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, Summa Cum Laude

Awards:
2013 American Journal of Nursing, 3rd Place-Book of the Year Award for Palliative Care “The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia”.2013
2013 Provider Magazines Award “20 to Watch” for exceptional leadership and commitment to improve the quality of care in long-term care.

Achievements:
Employed in the long-term-care industry for over 35 years
Developed unique programs for people with mild, moderate and advanced dementia
Author of three books related to dementia and numerous articles and book chapters
Nationally and internationally acclaimed speaker
Alzheimer’s expert for on-line caregiver service
Developed Namaste Care a special program for people with advanced dementia
Initiated a children’s program to teach elementary school children about aging and memory loss
Wrote and implemented The Memory Enhancement Program for Assisted Living Communities throughout the United States
Assisted in the implementation of Namaste Care in aged care facilities in Australia and the UK
Involved in Namaste research project in Sydney Australia and St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England

Career History:
2014– Present Editorial Board member for the Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
2003-Present Geriatric Consultant, speaker
2002–2003 Queen of Life Enrichment Morningside Management, Leesburg, VA.
1997–2001 Vice President, Alzheimer’s and Resident Services CareMatrix Corporation, Needham, Massachusetts
1994–1997 National Director of Alzheimer’s and Special programs, Marriott International, Senior Living Services, Washington, D.C.
1993–1994 National Director, Alzheimer’s Services Manor HealthCare Corporation, Silver Spring, Maryland
1990–1993 Regional Special Program Consultant, The Hillhaven Corporation, Lexington, Massachusetts
1986–1989 Corporate Director of Social Services and Activity Programs, ARA Living Centers, Houston, Texas
1979–1986 Assistant Coordinator, Resident Activity and Social Services, Beverly Enterprises, Heritage Division, Rockville, Maryland
1979–1983 Director of Social Services, Westwood Nursing Home, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
1978–1979 Social Worker, Reconstruction Home, Ithaca, NY.