On Februrary 5th, 2020, Professor Hidetoshi Endo, M.D., visited the Dean’s Office at Ramathibodi to deliver two lectures as a guest instructor under the topics “Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan” and “How to Build Integrated Community Care in Japan”. Under this occasion, Professor Endo received a warm welcome from our Dean, Prof. Piyamitr Sritara, M.D.; the Dean of International Relations Prof. Sirintara Singhara Na Ayudhaya, M.D.; Deputy Dean for the School of Hospital Management Prof. Alisa Limsuwan, M.D.; and the Head of Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Orapitchaya Krairit, M.D.
Prof. Hidetoshi Endo, M.D., Ph.D., is the Head of Training and Innovation Center in the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan. Additionally, he is on the board of directors at the Japan Society of Dementia Research, the Society of Gerontology, the Japan Society of Care Management, and the Japan Academy for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Prof. Endo has an extensive breadth of experience with prevention medicine and cognition disorders in the elderly, especially for patients with dementia.
Prof. Endo has been involved with the “Orange Plan”, a health policy initiative by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare that aims to shift the emphasis on institution-based care, such as hospitals and geriatric care facilities, to home care and community-centered dementia care.
The lectures today were drawn from Prof. Endo’s experience, expertise, and own research emphasis in reminisce therapy, educating staff in intermediate-stage care, and utilizing more holistic and community-based approaches to dementia care. Ramathibodi is grateful for such an opportunity from an established individual working in the field of geriatrics, and hopes to strengthen our network together in providing care for the emerging “Aging Society”.