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

10.00 - 10.10A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's Show.Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
10.10 - 10.40Alzheimer's Society - the New Deal on Dementia. Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society
10.45 - 11.15The latest in dementia research. An Alzheimer's Research UK expert will share an update on what we currently know about dementia, exploring the complex field of dementia research and where it is heading.Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Alzheimer's Research UK
11.20 - 11.55"Dear Alzheimer’s" Keith Oliver person living with dementia. Keith Oliver, a former headteacher was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2010.
12.00 - 12.30Beyond Barriers: meeting the care needs of older people. Most older people in England, particularly those with complex needs, will receive care at some time. Their experiences of care will depend on how different services work together for them, their families and carers. Alison Murray will highlight key findings and challenges from the CQC Beyond Barriers and State of Care reports.Alison Murray, Head of Inspection and Dementia Lead, Care Quality Commission
12.40 - 13.30QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Dr Sara Imarisio, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Alzheimer's Research UK.
Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society.
Alison Murray, Head of Inspection and Dementia Care, CQC.
Dr James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors.
Keith Oliver, living with dementia and campaigner.
Chair: Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
13.45 - 14.10How virtual reality is being used to complement dementia training in the healthcare profession. Dr Michele Board will talk about how she has been working with Alzheimer’s Research UK to develop virtual reality app A Walk Through Dementia into an educational tool for healthcare professionals.Dr Michele Board, Alzheimer’s Research UK
14.15 - 14.40Innovation in Dementia Care. In years gone by it was considered good practice to protect a person with dementia from any potential risks and challenges that life might hold by moving the individual into a care setting or creating a care programme within their own home. Today, thanks to our greater understanding of dementia, the ability to help many people live more fulfilled, positive lives in the community is very real. Technological innovation and carer education have helped make huge strides in the quality of life of the informed few and through this talk we will be able to show how adopting innovative practice can deliver changes in the lives of those with dementia.Barry Sweetbaum, Founder and Managing Director SweetTree Connect
14.45 - 15.10Managing 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 James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors
15.15 - 15.40Top 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?Raj Kapoor, Head of External Training and Consultancy and Caroline Hayden Wright, Alzheimer's Society
15.45 - 16.10From Dementia to Rementia: Reducing the symptoms of dementia with cognitive rehabilitation therapy. The presentation demonstrates how therapeutic techniques can enable people with dementia to improve in every day function and describes the impact on a care home service, residents and their families.Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living
16.15 - 16.45Dementia Connect - a Connected Approach to Dementia Care. Dementia Connect allows anybody to refer a person affected by dementia into the Alzheimer’s Society for support and guidance. Dementia Connect brings together our services, providing a clear route to support for people living with dementia and their carers, straight from the point of referral to us.Linda O'Sullivan, Head of Region - London and South East, Local Services, Alzheimer's Society
10.30 - 10.40A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's ShowTim McLachlan, Director of Local Services, Alzheimer's Society
10.40 - 11.10The Research Network, celebrating 20 years of involving people affected by dementia in research. Alzheimer’s Society has championed the active involvement of people affected by dementia in research for two decades through our Research Network. Our Research Network includes a team of 300 volunteers who are carers, former carers and people living with dementia. We believe people affected by dementia can make a unique and valuable contribution in every stage of research. The voice and priorities of people affected by dementia are vital to ensuring we fund and support the highest quality, relevant dementia research and to maximise its impact.Anna-Louise Smith, Research Engagement Manager, Alzheimer's Society and a Research Network Volunteer
11.15 - 11.40Living 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 four years ago.Peter Berry from Suffolk was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015, aged 52
11.45 - 12.25The links between head injury and dementia. Dr Neil Graham will discuss his latest research into the relationship between head injury and the risk of developing dementia. He will explore the challenges in understanding how different brains change over time after injury and the importance of researching this link further.Dr Neil Graham, Alzheimer's Research UK Clinical Research Fellow at the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College
12.30 - 13.20QUESTION TIME. Put your questions to a panel of experts on topics relating to dementia and care.
Dr Neil Graham, Alzheimer's Research UK.
Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO Re:Cognition Health & Consultant Neuroradiologist.
Peter Berry, living with dementia and campaigner.
Barry Sweetbaum, Managing Director, SweetTree Home Care Services.
Paul Edwards, Dementia UK
Chair: Tim McLachlan, Director of Local Services, Alzheimer's Society
14.00 - 14.25Prevention of Alzheimer's disease has to be the way forward. Prevention of Alzheimer’s requires an understanding of the cause of the disease, the biomarkers that enable early, accurate diagnosis and access to treatments to slow down, or ideally stop onset or progression of early symptoms.Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO of Re:Cognition Health
14.30 - 14.55The sandwich generation and knowing your rights. In the UK we have a growing number of sandwich carers. What can we do to help carers who have both caring, work and family responsibilities?Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services, Dementia UK
15.00 - 15.30Choosing the right care home. What can trigger the necessity to move into a Care Home setting and how to find the right Care Home for your loved one. How do we know what excellent Dementia Care looks like within a Care Home?Tracey Carter, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK