Joris Slaets is Professor of Geriatric Medicine and since January 1, 2015, Director of the Leyden Academy. Joris is committed to making changes in healthcare for the vulnerable elderly. Where attention is now being paid to the complaints and symptoms, Joris would like the focus to shift upon the personal desires of the individual, and that we create opportunities to enjoy life and surround our elders with love and care. Radical medical interventions should be kept to a minimum in the final stage of life; Joris introduced the concept of ‘harmful elderly care’. His belief that enjoying life and compassionate care be intrinsic to the current policies will not be swayed, and constitutes an important pillar for the transition of long-term care for the future. With his studies and field work at Leyden Academy, Joris wants to integrate enjoying life and compassionate care into current practice where strict sytems, protocols and normative frameworks of care have a stranglehold.
Joris grew up in the Belgian Congo, studied medicine in Leuven, attained his PhD at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and is Professor at the University Medical Centre Groningen since 1999. Joris is co-founder of the field of geriatrics within internal medicine and was the first trainer in the Netherlands. He is also one of the founders of the current training of Internal Medicine and designed the ‘reflection’ competency.
Joris is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposia, and has made multiple appearances in Dutch television, radio, print and social media. A listing of scientific contributions can be found here. Joris is a scientific advisor to the Board of Directors associated with the healthcare organisation Espria. He was also one of the project leaders of the National Elderly Programme, Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee Human-based Research and active in diverse commissions among others, the Health Board and the Healthcare Institute, the Netherlands.
Enjoying life, compassionate healthcare, positive well-being, strength and fragility, needs and wishes, demand patterns of the elderly in the community, living in place longer, overtreatment, harmful care