Jane Verity is Founder and CEO of Dementia Care International and has served in this role since 1993.
She is a thought leader and innovator who has
developed the life-enriching and rehabilitative Spark of Life Philosophy that has strong roots in the Scandinavian health care system.
With Hilary Lee, Jane has co-developed the Spark of Life Model of Care.
In Denmark and in Australia, Jane’s professional career has spanned leadership roles in geriatric psychiatry and aged care with the particular focus on developing and providing rehabilitation for people who have dementia.
Jane gives advanced mentoring to global leaders in aged and dementia care to support them in achieving best practice. In this capacity, she has been an invited advisor to the Singapore Government on dementia, and the invited representative for Australasia at the 100 Experts Forum in Sweden.
Jane has educated thousands of health care professionals, staff and families in the Spark of Life Philosophy around the world. She has authored two internationally published books, The Art of Good Dementia Care and How to Ignite the Spark of Life in People with Dementia.
Hilary Lee is President of Dementia Care International, serving this organization since 2007. She is a pioneer in dementia rehabilitation. Her professional career has spanned working in the UK as well as in Australia.
She has led initiatives to ease the transition to residential care, the identification and prevention of depression in dementia, and a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care.
Together with professors from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, Hilary developed the ground-breaking Creative Expressive Abilities Assessment Tool. This tool is used to evaluate rehabilitation in dementia care.
From 2000 to 2007, Hilary researched the Spark of Life Club Program, first in practice, then as peer-reviewed research for a Master in Science Degree. After completing the research, Hilary joined Dementia Care International to co-develop with Jane Verity the Spark of Life Model of Care, incorporating the detailed therapeutic and scientific research insights.
In 2011, Hilary was primary editor for the book Creative Approaches in Dementia Care published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Hilary’s current role involves strategic planning, developing specialized education and mentoring of international leaders in care in 12 countries.