The strength of a Project that knows how to go further

Sente-Mente® is a great national project to look at the disease in a new way and to live the big challenges of life (parent and child relationship, educational approach, school education, work ...).

Is the disease just ending with health and fatigue or can it be the beginning of a path of opportunities? Sente-Mente® (Mind that Feels) is a project that can reveal the opportunities that are still present despite pain, fatigue, and illness, because they do not overwhelm them.

Sente-Mente® Manifesto

Sente-mente® is recognized in a manifesto that reads

"We believe in the indissoluble presence of the vital and authentic core enclosed in each person and therefore we commit ourselves to reveal it with Curiosity, to guard it with Delicacy and to honor it with Strength.

We believe in the beauty and the possibilities of human fragility and therefore we are committed to welcoming, valorizing and transforming it.

We believe in the Friend Universe and in individual responsibility and therefore we commit ourselves to choose ideas and actions to turn on happiness, cultivate health, and make benevolence flourish.

We believe in the strength of life and energy in the electromagnetic field that originates from the encounter between people here and now and therefore we strive to keep our individual field dynamic and sparkling. "

On the first National day, in 2013 in Bologna, the manifesto was signed by more than 400 health-care operators: a huge success for a movement that was moving the first public steps despite the many years of research and training of its founder, Letizia Espanoli.

The sensory model counts today more than 80 Felicitators, those who have learned to learn the model techniques and who constantly update and collect data in the territory demonstrating everyday the effectiveness of Espanoli's intuition.

Seven Pillars

The model builds its strength on 7 Pillars


Too many times we said that demented do not understand anything, they are a problem, they are affected by behavioral disorders, they are agitated, they are aggressive ... People with dementia "feel". What if the behavioral disturbances were a language? The desperate scream of people who ask to be understood and not sedate? That's why new knowledge, new ideas, new visions are needed ... What if inside every disease, disability, chronic state there was a life that refuses to end with the diagnosis? And if the pattern of the Sentence could also be useful to the world of disability, school, companies, psychiatry ...? Descartes is dead. The "mind-body" dualistic model scientifically finished. "Feeling" is an intelligence to develop.

Positive psychology

Not necessarily everything must be positive, but we must train to see the other side. It is based on Martin Seligman's (Pennsylvania University) studies that people who experience positive emotions live longer and in better health conditions and have better interpersonal relationships and professional outcomes than average. According to Seligman, true happiness is to experience positive emotions about the past and the future, to enjoy positive feelings from the many pleasures of existence, to grasp the abundant gratification of their personal potentials and to use this potential to serve something more great to make sense.


"When you take or pinch someone's hand, the person touched may also feel all your emotions, brutality or sweetness, feelings, and intentions. This is the wealth of touch "(Savatofsky).


The HeartMath University shows how to create a connection with intuitive heart intelligence. When people develop this form of intelligence, they master their minds, manage their emotions, and achieve greater capacity to create positive changes in their own lives and in that of others. Several researches have shown that using heart intelligence leads to lower blood pressure, improves the nervous system, creates a hormonal balance and facilitates brain functions.

Unconditional Laughter

This is the voice by which the soul speaks, whispers, lives and suggests opportunities. It is the bridge that allows the mind and heart to dialogue and find harmony and beauty: It is powerful for health and trains our emotional part. It also creates team, sharing, understanding and complicity.

The mind affects the body but also the body influences the mind

We are inspired by many studies and particularly interested in Wendy Suzuki's research at the University of Ner York. She is also a staff member of Sente-Mente® scientific committee.

Special Behaviors

What If Behavioral Disorders were a Language?

From whom it was designed

The Sente-Mente® Project was created in 2014 by Letizia Espanoli, trainer in the social-health field who has been dealing with the therapeutic triad for over 30 years: family caregivers, professional caretakers and people living with the diagnosis of dementia. Throughout Italy, there are more than 80 “Felicitatori”, who are some Sente-Mente® Facilitators trained to support people and organizations in the implementation of workshops and seminars families caregivers or people who live with the disease.

In our staff, a special guest is Harry Urban, a man who lives in Pennsylvania and who has been living with dementia for 13 years.

The staff is also composed by neurologists, neuropsychologists, social workers and medicians.

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