Dementia: Global Innovation

DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Noon – 1 p.m. CST


People around the globe are experimenting with fresh ways to help those living with dementia thrive. What can we in the United States learn from others around the world? Spark your own creativity. Broaden your knowledge of what’s possible. Look beyond our borders for inspiration.

Join this free webinar to:

  • Learn how technology can support individuals living with dementia in their current setting.

  • Compare “outside the box” solutions vs current tools to support these individuals.

  • Expand your knowledge and understanding of these tools and solutions.

The focus of Benjamin’s work as a social gerontologist is to empower people to thrive, no matter the disability or cognitive disorder they may have. He is passionate about designing powerful user experiences for elders and the people who serve them. Benjamin joined Koelsch Senior Communities in 2016 as the Director of Programs and Training before moving into the Director of Education and Culture role in 2018, where he shapes innovative engagement experiences for seniors, as well as specialized programming for people living with dementia.

Benjamin also guides person-centered training for over 2,000 employees in 8 states, leads the Koelsch Innovation Lab, and coaches Wellness Directors and Executive Directors who support more than 1,500 seniors. His passion is imagining the impossible and building alliances that make it possible. Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Sociology from Biola University and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from California State University.


Nursing: This program has been approved for one clock hour and fifteen minutes of continuing education credit by The Illinois Board of Nursing, an approved sponsor of continuing education by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Administrators: This program has been submitted for approval for one clock hour and fifteen minutes of continuing education credit by the National Continuing Education Review Services (NCERS) of the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) –  20250415-1.25-A102785-DL.


PLEASE NOTE: Attendees must submit their documentation directly to their respective state boards, associations, or licensing agencies. Forum Extended Care Services provides CE certificates only to attendees.


Benjamin Surmi, MSG
Benjamin Surmi, MSGSocial Gerontologist Director of Education and Culture, Koelsch Senior Communities

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