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: Alison Murray, CQC; Dr Michele Board, ARUK; Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society; Jackie Pool, Sunrise Senior Living. Also Peter Berry will be giving and inspirational talk on living with dementia.

View the 2019 programme below

10.10 - 10.20A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's Show.Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
10.20 - 10.50Building the Dementia Pathway. Gavin will talk about the need to improve the dementia pathway from diagnosis to end of life, and how learning from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, national commitment to social care reform and the development of a new National Dementia Strategy has the potential to do just this.Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society
10.55 - 11.25Looking ahead: what is on the horizon for new treatments and diagnosis? Samantha will talk about potential new dementia treatments going through research trials at present and the importance of a timely diagnosis. She will also discuss what the charity is doing to ensure that once new drugs become available, they get to the people who need them without delay.Samantha Benham-Hermetz, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Research UK
11.30 - 11.55How can engagement in meaningful activity contribute to cognitive, physical and mental health?
This presentation will explore what is meant by engagement and what is the definition of meaningful in this context. The importance of activity with a deeper significance to the well-being of the person will be discussed and how to support this for people living with dementia at all levels.
Jackie Pool, Dementia Care Champion, QCS Quality Compliance Systems
12.00 - 12.30Dementia Care: Best practice and common themes in inspections. Alison Murray, Head of Inspection - London, Care Quality Commission
12.40 - 13.30QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Samantha Benham-Hermetz, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Research UK
Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society
Alison Murray, Head of Inspection - London, CQC
Jackie Pool, Occupational Therapist and Dementia Care Champion, QCS
Chair: Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
14.00 - 14.30Managing 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 management.Dr Simon Adelman, Consultant Psychiatrist, Halycon Doctors
14.35 - 14.55The Importance of Experiential Training:Training 2 CARE are recognised as leaders in this field for both Dementia and Autism. Understanding the significance of being able to walk in the shoes of the people impacted by any condition, disease syndrome or illness to change perceptions, increase empathy and create a positive person centred approach.Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group
15.00 - 15.30Top tips for communicating with people with dementia. An interactive presentation aimed at people affected by dementia as well as health and social care professionals. Communication is an increasing issue for carers, people living with dementia and health and social care staff. But do you know how to engage and communicate effectively with people living with dementia?Angelo Makri, Knowledge Officer (Wellbeing), Alzheimer's Society and Kate White, Carer
15.35 - 16.00Sleep disturbance in dementia
Is poor sleep taking its toll on a person with Dementia and their carers?
Is poor sleep forcing the potential issue of needing 24-hour care or residential care?
Nicki Bones, CEO, SweetTree Home Care Services
16.05 - 16.35Living well with dementia: practical tips. A dementia diagnosis often comes as a shock. How do I start to come to terms with the news? What can I expect to happen? Can I really live well with dementia, and if so how? Providing information, advice and support to thousands of people with dementia, Alzheimer’s Society understands what you’re living through. Simon Wheeler, Knowledge Officer, Alzheimer's Society, Visna Okaikoi and Mary Tucker, both living with dementia
10.40 - 10.50A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's ShowChris Larkin, Operations Director, Services, Alzheimer's Society
10.50 - 11.20Innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia - Alzheimer's Society Accelerator Programme.Simon Lord, Innovation Programme Manager, Alzheimer's Society
11.25 - 11.50Living well with dementia - a personal view. Peter is a positive person who speaks from the heart about living with dementia. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's seven years ago.Peter Berry from Suffolk was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015, aged 52
11.55 - 12.25A clinician's view on dementia. Early detection of Alzheimer's disease.Dennis Chan, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
12.30 - 13.15QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Dennis Chan, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL
Peter Berry, living with dementia and campaigner
Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services, Dementia UK
Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO of Re:Cognition Health
Chair: Chris Larkin, Operations Director, Services, Alzheimer's Society
13.40 - 14.05Dementia support in the community: a third sector integrated approach.Barbara Stephens, Chief Executive, Dementia Pathfinders CIC
14.10 - 14.30TalkCare. After the pandemic demonstrated the challenges of working as independently for many in the care industry, is it time to come together to and form a social hub to share information, news, legislation, research or just shout about the amazing work that our industry does every day. This presentation shows how care specific social media can massively adjust the landscape of care.Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group
14.35 - 15.05How the Global Biomarker and Treatment Revolution is finally solving the Alzheimer’s Disease Pandemic.
With the FDA approval of Aduhelm, the first drug in the world, to treat the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s Disease on 7 June 2020, there has been an accelerated focus on international clinical trials to validate and licence new generation treatments designed to slow or ideally halt progression of Alzheimer’s Disease and its symptoms. As with all progressive medical conditions, effective treatment ultimately requires early accurate diagnosis and availability of treatments which when given early will halt or even prevent onset of symptoms. The development of such biomarkers and new treatments is now not only underway, but extremely active.
Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO of Re:Cognition Health
15.10 - 15.35Advance Care Planning. Advance care planning discussions open space in which plans and reflections can be discussed, as well as a place for contemplating future choice and outcomes. When thinking about your future care it is important to discuss your wishes with family, friends and healthcare professionals, so everyone looking after you understands what is more important should you be unable to make your wishes and preferences known. This session considers what questions to think about if considering writing an Advance Care Plan, as well as other options such as Advance Statement of wishes, Advance decisions to refuse treatment and Lasting Power of Attorney, offering you a person-centred choice for the future.Caroline Scates, Head of Professional and Practice Development and Diane Drain, Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK