Dementia Action Week – Alzheimers Society Conference 21 & 22 May 2019

The Dementia Priority – Local and global action

Alzheimer’s Society’s vision is a world without dementia. Until the day we find a cure, we will create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

Globally every three seconds someone develops dementia and internationally it is recognised as a severe health crisis. We know that more research is being conducted than ever before, more collaboration on policy, and more support, awareness and community action – change is happening, but is it enough?

Our Annual conference will shine a light on the scale of the problem, but will focus on how our actions, our collaborations, policies, and the research we undertake as individuals, builds through partnerships to organisation, community and national change for people with dementia, their carers and families.

Building on our call to take action

Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019, takes place over two days at the start of Dementia Action Week (20-26 May) at the Kia Oval, London. We have worked with people affected by dementia, putting their voices and experience at the forefront of our work, to pull together a jam-packed programme.

For many a diagnosis of dementia can feel like the end of their life, leading to feelings of social isolation and loneliness. We live in a society with a support system that has not yet responded to the scale of the challenge dementia presents, meaning people with dementia also face greater inequity and lack of access to the appropriate and affordable care and support they need and deserve.

Research can help us understand more about the diseases that cause dementia and provide evidence for how best to support people affected, but without health and social care systems fit to use this research and meet the needs of people with dementia, we will not make the progress urgently needed in the UK and beyond.

Together we are changing the landscape of dementia forever, and our conference unites those personally and professionally affected by dementia to focus on the latest progress we are making and the challenges for the future.

Key themes

• Supporting People affected by dementia and their carers
• Building a movement for change
• Research to transform care and discover new treatments

Key speakers:

  • Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Health and Social Care
  • Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director NHS England
  • Professor Dave Sharp, UK DRI Care and Technology Associate Director, Imperial College
  • Suzanne Cahill, Author and Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
  • John O’Brien, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  • Julie Ogley, Incoming President of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

And many more …

What do conference delegates gain access to?

  • A jam packed two-day conference programme
  • People with dementia and carers sharing their experiences.
  • Over 10 main conference sessions, each focused on a different aspect of dementia care, research and policy.
  • 16 parallel sessions covering the latest research updates and service improvements.
  • Over 80 expert speakers from across research, policy, care, government and community groups
  • Exhibition stands to show innovative products and services.
  • Our interactive conference App.
  • Over 100 posters showcasing pioneering work in the dementia field.
  • Panel discussions and audience Q and As.
  • CPD accreditation.
  • Networking opportunities – via our drinks reception and App networking too

Who should attend?

This is a must attend event for anyone working in health and social care, local and national government, policy and research including;

  • International and national dementia researchers/organisations
  • Alzheimer’s Society funded researchers
  • Central and local government
  • NHS and third sector organisations
  • Clinicians
  • Commissioners
  • Leading influencers in health and social care
  • Providers of community health services
  • Local authorities
  • Research Strategy Council & Grant Advisory Board members
  • Members of our Dementia Friendly Communities Programme
  • Representatives of Dementia Friendly businesses
  • Prime Minsters task and finish group
  • People affected by dementia
  • Research network volunteers
  • Dementia Champions

Programme – Day 1 – 21 May 2019

Time Title Speaker
 9am Registration, exhibition, posters and refreshments
 9.30am Welcome and housekeeping Richard Madeley, TV Presenter and Journalist
9.45am Stepping up national action on dementia Jeremy Hughes CBE, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society
10.00am United by experience, united against injustice, united in action Lesley Calvert, Dementia Voice Volunteer

Tutiette Thomas, Dementia Voice Volunteer

Angela Sandiford, Dementia Voice Volunteer

 

10.30am

Dementia and human rights  Suzanne Cahill, Author and Professor of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin
 11.00am Refreshments, exhibition, posters and networking
 11.30am Care Research & technology at the UK DRI: Improving lives today and tomorrow Professor Dave Sharp, UK DRI Associate Director, Care Research and technology at Imperial College London
 12.00pm Parallel Sessions:

  1. Care homes – more than just a home
  2. Improving diagnosis and support for people with young onset dementia
  3. United Against Dementia: working together to make communities dementia-friendly
  4. Breaking new knowledge in dementia; towards new diagnosis and treatment
 1.00pm Lunch – Exhibition, posters, refreshments and networking
 1.45pm Lunchtime drop-in sessions:

  • Oral posters
  • Global Dementia Friends
  • Innovation Game Storming
 2.30pm Parallel Sessions:

  1. Active lives in Dementia
  2. Dementia and Data – The Dementia Intelligence Network
  3. An overlooked majority – women and dementia can no longer be ignored
  4. From proving to improving: the involvement of people affected by dementia in research
3.40pm Exhibition, posters and refreshments
4.00pm Joining up health, social care and public health – developing  solutions for an older population living with dementia Sandy Sweet, Volunteer Ambassador, Alzheimer’s Society

Julie Ogley, President of ADASS

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Health

and Social Care

Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director NHS England

Richard Murray, CEO King’s Fund

Kathryn Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Alzheimer’s Society

 5.00pm Recap of the day and closing remarks Richard Madeley, TV Presenter and Journalist
 5.30pm Drinks reception and 40th Anniversary celebration

(supported by Surrey Cricket Club)

Morella  Kayman, Vice-President, Alzheimer’s SocietyDuncan Jones, Trustee, Alzheimer’s Society

Programme – Day 2 – 22 May 2019

Time Title Speaker
 9.00am Registration, exhibition, posters and refreshments
 9.20am Welcome and housekeeping Duncan Jones, Trustee, Alzheimer’s Society
9.30am Address by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
 9.50am Stepping up the global action on dementia  Lenny Shallcross, Executive Director, World Dementia Council

Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer, Alzheimer’s Society

 10.15am Working together to build inclusive communities Catherine Anderson, CEO , Jo Cox Loneliness Commission

Sally Copley,  Director of Policy, Campaigns & Partnerships, Alzheimer’s Society

Chloe Moffatt, Programme Manager, Girls Brigade Northern Ireland

Larry Gardiner, Steering Group member, 3 Nations Dementia Working Group

 11.00am Refreshments, exhibition, posters and networking
 11.30am Parallel Sessions:

  1. Caring for Family Carers
  2. Breaking new knowledge in dementia: towards new treatments
  3. Dementia Voice – coproduction and involvement of people with dementia
  4. Social Care – how do we break the gridlock?
 12.40pm Lunch, exhibition, posters and networking
 1.15pm Lunchtime drop-in sessions:

  • Oral posters
  • Ask the Doctor: How might Alzheimer’s disease be diagnosed and treated in the future?
  • Innovation Game Storming
2.00pm Welcome and introduction to the afternoon – Charlie Webster, Sports and Television Presenter
 2.05pm Dementia Connect  – support for everyone with a dementia diagnosis whenever they need it Helen Foster, Director of Operations, Alzheimer’s Society

Max Oosman, Community Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Lancashire NHS Foundation

 2.35pm Parallel Sessions:

  1. Connection and expression through music and arts
  2. Personalised Care for Dementia, and the National launch of the Dementia Action Group
  3. Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiatives
  4. What are the potentials for everyday tech to support better dementia care?
 3.45pm Registration, exhibition, posters and refreshments
 4.05pm Brain Health and Preventing Dementia John O’Brien, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
4.35pm Changing the dialogue on dementia John Middleton, Actor

Jane Moore, Journalist and TV presenter

Trish Powell, Executive Producer, CPL Productions

Nicci Gerrard, Observer columnist and author

5.15pm Recap of the day and closing remarks Jeremy Hughes CBE, CEO, Alzheimer’s Society

Charlie Webster, Sports and Television Presenter

5.25pm End of conference 

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