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Alzheimer's Matters Theatre

The main theatre will host talks on a wide range of key topics for carers, relatives and professionals as well as chaired ‘Question Time’ sessions.

Speakers include: Charles Alessi, PHE; Dr Rosa Sancho, ARUK; Dr James Warner, Royal College of Psychiatry; Prof. Martin Green OBE, CEO Care England and Angela Rippon. Also Chris Roberts and Keith Oliver will be giving inspirational talks on living with dementia.

View the 2016 programme below

10.00 - 10.10A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's ShowKathryn Smith, Director of Operations, Alzheimer's Society
10.10 - 10.40Reducing the risk of dementia: Dementia a public health priority? The Impact of lifestyle changes. Latest research into risk reduction.Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor and Lead on dementia, Public health England and George McNamara, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Society
10.45 - 11.25The latest research and innovative approaches aiming to tackle dementia. Dementia is our greatest medical challenge. Scientists across the world are working to find different ways to diagnose, prevent and treat dementia. Dr Sancho will give a background to the diseases that lead to this complex condition and provide an update on recent progress in research.Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK
11.30 - 12.00Explaining Dementia vs AD. Making an early diagnosis of AD, before dementia occurs. What happens in the brain in AD? How new medications available, internationally, in final phase clinical trials can slow progression of AD or improve symptoms of memory loss. Dr Emer MacSweeney CEO Re:Cognition Health & Consultant Neuroradiologist
12.00 – 12.30Enhancing healing environments: making hospitals dementia friendly. Hospitals remain frequently challenging and disorientating environments, this session will discuss what can be done to make hospitals dementia friendly environments.Sarah Waller, University of Worcester and Gavin Terry Policy Manager, Alzheimer’s Society
12.40 – 13.30QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Keith Oliver.
Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO Re:Cognition Health & Consultant Neuroradiologist.
Prof. Martin Green OBE, CEO Care England.
Dr Rosa Sancho, Head of Research, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
George McNamara, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Society.
Dr James Warner, Chair, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Medical Director, Red & Yellow Care.
Chair: Kathryn Smith, Director of Operations, Alzheimer's Society
13.45 - 14.15'Don't leave me now' - A play about the impact of dementia on family life.Brian Daniels, Chief Executive/Artistic Director, New End Theatre Beyond
14.15– 14.40From the inside outwards - Living with Dementia - a balanced view. Since being diagnosed with Alzheimer's on New Years Eve 2010 aged 55, Keith Oliver has tried to live as well as possible with the challenges and surprises that the disease has brought with it. This is an opportunity to gain insight into the world of this person who refuses to be solely defined or beaten by dementia.Keith Oliver. Former headteacher Keith Oliver was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010, aged 55.
14.45 - 15.10Connecting Care Homes to Local Communities. How care homes can engage in positive ways to show they can be at the centre of local communities, developing relationships across the generations, helping to prevent isolation and forming lasting links across their communities.Prof. Martin Green OBE, CEO Care England
15.15 – 15.45Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia occur in up to 90% of people. They cause distress, institutionalisation and early death. The talk will outline the common symptoms, and discuss assessment and managementDr James Warner, Chair, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Medical Director, Red & Yellow Care
15.50 - 16.35End of Life Care - panel debate. Dying well with dementia. Diminishing capacity means it is important for the person with dementia to plan for the end of their life at an early stage. This session explores the key aspects that can constitute towards dying well with dementia.Chair: Jo Vavasour, National Business Development Manager, Alzheimer’s Society.
Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research & Evaluation at Dementia UK
Andrew Wilson-Mouasher, Divisional General Manager, Marie Curie
Helen Findlay, lived experience of caring for someone with dementia at the end of life
10.30 - 10.40A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's ShowAngela Rippon, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador
10.40 - 11.10Dementia: know your rights. What are the legal rights for people affected by dementia? This session will explore these rights and how to effectively use them to benefit a person affected by dementia.Sam Cox, Knowledge Officer, Legal and Welfare Rights, Alzheimer’s Society
11.10 - 11.50Myth Busting – beyond the headlines. Dementia is never far from the news and, as a leading commentator on dementia research in the media, Alzheimer’s Research UK is committed to bringing clarity to this complex area. Tim Parry will talk about how to interpret stories in the press and cover Alzheimer’s Research UK’s own approach to communicating clearly about dementia and research.Tim Parry, Head of Communications, Alzheimer's Research UK
11.55 - 12.10Harry Gardner performs 'Not Alone' a song he has written for his nan who has Alzheimer's. Harry Gardner, singer songwriter
12.15 - 12.40A personal experience. Chris will discuss his lived experience of young onset dementia. From his time ‘pre- diagnosis’ right up to present day, showing some trials and tribulations before an eventual “re-empowerment”. Chris and Jayne Roberts. Chris was diagnosed with vascular dementia, Alzheimer's and empysemia, aged 52
12.45 - 13.35QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Barry Sweetbaum, Managing Director, SweetTree Home Care.
Chris and Jayne Roberts.
Tim Parry, Head of Communications, Alzheimer's Research UK.
Nadra Ahmed OBE, Executive Chair, National Care Association.
Chair: Angela Rippon, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador.
14.00 - 14.25Maintaining quality of life and wellbeing through care at home – join us for advice, practical tips and examples of how the right care, support and environment can enable you to stay at home.Nicki Bones, Director of Operations and Rikki Lorenti, Admiral Nurse – SweetTree Home Care Services
14.30 - 14.55Be in control of legal affairs. We spend our lives working to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. You may have a house or flat, shares, savings, and investments as well as your personal possessions. All of these assets are your 'estate'. Making a will ensures that when you die your estate is shared according to your wishes. Graham Murphy, from the Law Society of England and Wales outlines the importance of having a will and how using a solicitor who is a member of the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme should help you avoid some common pit falls.Graham Murphy, The Law Society
15.00 - 15.25Caring for me and you: the UKs largest study to test online support for dementia carers. Our research aims to improve care for carers by testing whether online therapy packages can help carers to cope with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.Dr Jane Fossey, Associate Director of Psychological Services, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
15.30 - 16.00The Breath of Fresh Air programme; opening doors for people with dementia. Imagine how you would feel if you couldn’t get outside. Find out how getting a’ breath of fresh air’ enhanced the lives of people with dementia.April Dobson, Head of Dementia Innovation at Abbeyfield