The Greek scientist and neurologist Dr. Kostas Petsanis will present a new integrated model for dementia and Alzheimer management at the Council Chamber of the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Geneva, on May 23.
Petsanis along with his interdisciplinary scientific group propose new technologies, novel neuroscientific concepts and advanced socio-economic and administrative organization to ease the management of dementia in elderly people.
Through these interventions, the elderly can be treated by using light and sound technology, avoiding unnecessary pharmacological interventions, being socially active and enjoying a variety of activities.
Multi-sensorial patterns such as robots, telemedicine applications, computerized brain training, special therapeutic applications such as music intervention bed, sensory rooms, therapeutic virtual train or bus and smart home devices constitute basic parts of the individualized patient treatment, according to the CERN Staff Association website.
“There is no cure for Alzheimer. The disease is treated only up to 20-30 percent with medicine,” Petsanis pointed out and added that the ways of patients’ reintegration in society play a vital role in their treatment.
New technology applications and tools are programmed to be put in Adult Day Care Centers and Elderly Care Centers (KAPI) in Greece, in collaboration with municipalities in Thessaloniki.
“I was surprised when I received this invitation (by CERN),” Petsanis mentioned. He added that they explained to him that CERN is interested in intellect and technology and especially the technology that is related to health.
“It is great honor for a Greek scientist to receive an invitation by CERN,” he concluded.
Kostas Petsanis was born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1969. He graduated in Modena Italy in 1997. He has practiced neurology since 2007. From 2008 until November 2012 he was a neurologist at the Greek Association Alzheimer Disease. From 2008 until September 2011 he was special adviser and neurologist at home services for Dementia Patients in Thessaloniki. From 2009 until now, he is a trainee in new technologies on dementia in special centers in Lombardia Milan.