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Joyce Simard MSW is an Adjunct Associate Professor School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney Australia and a private geriatric consultant residing in Land O Lakes, Florida. She has been involved in long-term care for 38 years serving as Alzheimer’s specialist for many healthcare companies providing consultation services in skilled nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospice organizations. Ms. Simard has written numerous articles and chapters in healthcare books and has authored two books: “The Magic Tape Recorder”, a book for children about Alzheimer’s disease and “The End-of-Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia” now in its second edition. She is a well sought after speaker at healthcare conferences throughout the world. Professor Simard has been involved with the School of Nursing, University of Western Sydney, Australia and also with St. Christopher’s Hospice in the UK measuring various aspects of quality of life of people with advanced dementia, their families and staff participating in the Namaste Care Program. Namaste Care grants are currently underway in the United Kingdom, Canada and the Netherlands. In March of 2016, Ms. Simard spent a week in Iceland speaking about Namaste Care and implementing programs in a care home in Reykjavik. In January of 2013, Provider Magazine recognized her as one of “20 To Watch” for her leadership and commitment to improve the lives of residents in long-term care facilities.