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.
• Supporting People affected by dementia and their carers
• Building a movement for change
• Research to transform care and discover new treatments
- 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
- 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
|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|
|1.00pm||Lunch – Exhibition, posters, refreshments and networking|
|1.45pm||Lunchtime drop-in sessions:||
|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
|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|
|12.40pm||Lunch, exhibition, posters and networking|
|1.15pm||Lunchtime drop-in sessions:||
|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|
|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|