Foregrounding Dignity & Kindness In Residential Aged Care

Foregrounding Dignity & Kindness In Residential Aged Care

The Australian Association of Gerontology ACT Division and the University of Canberra Ageing Research Group invites you to learn about the latest residential aged care initiatives from all over the world, and a special one in our own ACT backyard.

This event will feature two presentations. First, Luis Cordero will speak about his journey around the world to understand how different cultures are innovating to improve the care of older people. Australia is the last stop on a journey that has included Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Germany, and Nepal.

Second, Dr Rodney Jilek will present on Community Home Australia, an NDIS provider offering a range of specialist support services for people living with younger onset dementia. This includes supported independent living, day programs and holiday support.

  • Learn about residential aged care innovation in countries around the world
  • Gain knowledge on how different cultures care for older people
  • Learn about relationship-centred care for younger-onset dementia

Hear from our speakers:

Mr Luis Cordero 
Watson Fellow, Davidson University, United States
Luis Cordero graduated from Davidson College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with honors on the pre-med track and a minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. From a young age, he was the primary caregiver to his late mother, diagnosed with schizophrenia and later with early-onset dementia. His late grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease soon after he left for college. Both of these experiences fueled his passion for understanding ageing worldwide and how culture impacts care.

Dr Rodney Jilek
Community Home Australia

Dr Rodney Jilek is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in aged care management, human resources and compliance. As the Founder and Managing Director of Community Home Australia, Rodney has established three small-scale homes for people with younger-onset dementia, and Club Kalina in Greenway for people of all ages and abilities. Rodney is a tireless advocate for improving the standard of residential aged care.


In collaboration with


COVID precautions
Masks are available in the common areas of the UC Hospital

Water, tea, and coffee will be available 



Thursday, 22 June 2023
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm AEST
Free for AAG Members - voluntary gold coin donation for non-members
University of Canberra Hospital
Rm 1 Clinical Education and Research Centre
20 Guruguma St
Bruce ACT 2617