2022 TOPICS INCLUDE: Living with dementia – a personal view by Wendy Mitchell | Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia | Top tips for communicating with people with dementia | Sleep and dementia | Eating difficulties | An overview of rarer dementias | Alzheimer’s in 2022 – moving closer to an effective treatment? | Dementia advance planning| Research update | Medicines prescribed for dementia | The importance of the Mental Capacity Act for people affected by dementia | Innovations in dementia | Hearing loss and dementia
2020 SPEAKERS CONFIRMED TO DATE: Wendy Mitchell, Author and living with Young Onset Dementia | Alison Murray, Head of Inspection – London, Care Quality Commission | Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society | Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living | Dr James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors | Peter Berry, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s aged 52 | Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services, Dementia UK | Keith Oliver, living with dementia and campaigner | Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer’s Society | Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO Re:Cognition Health & Consultant Neuroradiologist | Kate Harrall, Principle Speech & Language Therapist. East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

What’s on at The Alzheimer’s Show 2022?

Hear from the experts
In the Dementia Matters Theatre leading professionals will speak on a wide range of topics including research developments, Alzheimer’s without dementia, managing behaviour, risk reduction, daily Question Time sessions, end of life care and listen to a personal experience of living with dementia.

Practical help and advice tips
The Talks Hub 1 will feature professionals covering a range of topics including the Mental Capacity Act, eating difficulties, legal issues, carers support and carers sharing experiences.

Learn about what’s new
The Talks Hub 2 will showcase the latest and best products and services from dementia specialist organisations in short, interactive sessions. Topics include respite care, dementia environments, technology, activities, legal and finance.

Get involved
Take part in the Interactive Hub with sessions designed to help people supporting those with dementia. Activities include improving the home environment, art, music, technology and communication.

Once inside the event, all content is free to access.
We are still developing the programme, but take a look at the latest sessions for 2022 below.

Speakers confirmed for 2022 include:

Wendy Mitchell
Author and living with Young Onset Dementia

Dr Simon Adelman
Consultant Psychiatrist, Halcyon Doctors

Dr Emer MacSweeney
CEO Re:Cognition Health

Kate Lee
CEO Alzheimer’s Society

Angelo Makri
Knowledge officer, Alzheimer’s Society

Jackie Pool
Dementia Care Champion, QCS Quality Compliance Systems

Dementia Matters Theatre – Hear from dementia professionals, carers and people living with dementia
TIMETITLESPEAKER
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 Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society
10.55 - 11.25TBCSamantha Benham-Hermetz, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Alzheimer’s Research UK
11.30 - 11.55“Never give up on yourself”Wendy Mitchell, Author and living with Young Onset Dementia
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
Dr Simon Adelman, Consultant Psychiatrist, Halycon Doctors
Wendy Mitchell, Author and living with Young Onset Dementia
Chair: Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society
13.50 - 14.20Managing 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
14.25 - 14.45Dementia advance planning and the worlds first dementia dictionary. Advance planning for the care industry is a must and part of NICE guidelines, Preparing4Care a 100% free service for everyone in the country and accessible for all. Introducing the worlds first Dementia Dictionary only at the Alzheimer’s show 2022.Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group
14.50 - 15.15Top 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
15.20 - 15.45How 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
15.50 - 16.15Sleep 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
16.20 - 16.45Living 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
TIMETITLESPEAKER
10.40 - 10.50A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's ShowZoe Campbell, Operations Director, Alzheimer's Society
10.50 - 11.20Innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia - Alzheimer's Society Accelerator Programme.Simon Lord, Innovation 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.
Dr Rimona Weil, Clinical Research Fellow.
Peter Berry, living with dementia and campaigner.
Paul Edwards, Director of Clinical Services, Dementia UK.
Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living.
Chair: Zoe Campbell, Operations Director, Alzheimer's Society
13.40 - 14.05
14.10 - 14.30Dementia advance planning and the worlds first dementia dictionary. Advance planning for the care industry is a must and part of NICE guidelines, Preparing4Care a 100% free service for everyone in the country and accessible for all. Introducing the worlds first Dementia Dictionary only at the Alzheimer’s show 2022.Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group
14.35 - 15.05Alzheimer’s in 2022 – moving closer to an effective treatment ?Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO of Re:Cognition Health
15.10 - 15.35Advance Care Planning – What is important to you about treatment and end of life care should you not be able to share your wishes?Caroline Scates, Interim Lead for Professional & Practice Development, Dementia UK and Diane Drain, Dementia UK
Talks Hub 1 – Practical advice and information from carers and professionals
TIMETITLESPEAKER
10.30 – 11.00Understanding Lewy body dementia - ‘The most common disease you have never heard of’. This session will provide an overview of Lewy body dementia and its impact on families, including recognition, treatment and support. Rachel Thompson, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Lewy body dementia
11.05 – 11.35The importance of the Mental Capacity Act for people affected by dementia. A walk through of the key provisions of the Mental Capacity Act and how this affects people affected by dementia.
• The principles of the Mental Capacity Act and why these are important for people living with dementia, and best practice examples
• The test of mental capacity
• The importance of planning ahead for a time when you may lack the ability to make your own decisions
• Planning ahead under the Mental Capacity Act
Sam Cox, Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights), Alzheimer's Society
11.40 – 12.10
12.15 – 12.40An overview of the rarer dementias
Chris will give an overview of several different forms of rare dementia, focusing on symptoms, diagnostic challenges, and ways to support and help people affected by these diseases.
• Familial and young onset Alzheimer’s disease • Posterior cortical atrophy • Frontotemporal dementia • Primary progressive aphasia • Support and care for people with a rare dementia
Dr Chris Hardy, Senior Research Fellow & Education Officer for Rare Dementia Support
12.40 – 13.35LUNCH
13.35 – 14.00Keep doing - how to stay active and independent. Using occupational therapy techniques to support people living with dementia to maintain independence in daily activities.Lauren Walker, Professional Adviser, Royal College of Occupational Therapists
14.05 – 14.25Living with vascular dementia. Sue was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2014. After her diagnosis she discovered the benefits of running, completing the London Marathon in 2018 and, this year, the Vitality Big Half Marathon. Sue also appeared on Channel 4’s The Restaurant that Makes Mistakes. Sue Strachan, Alzheimer's Research UK Champion. TBC
14.30 – 15.00Legal considerations when diagnosed with Dementia. Advice and support your Solicitor can offer to help clients diagnosed with Dementia, including Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Deputyship, Council Tax, Funerals, and Probate.Adrian Howlett, Estate Planning Consultant, McClure Solicitors
15.05 – 15.25Frontotemporal dementia and my family. Denise’s mum Barbara had early-onset frontotemporal dementia, after a four-year struggle to get an accurate diagnosis. Denise will talk about the huge impact that FTD has had on her family.Denise Wallin, Alzheimer's Research UK Supporter
15.30 – 16.00Eating difficulties and dementia - practical approaches
Meeting eating and drinking needs is a common concern for those caring for people living with dementia – this presentation gives some practical suggestions of things that may help.
• Unplanned weight loss may be one of the first signs of dementia but is often missed
• Nutritional problems can be common for those living with dementia and can be very concerning for their carers
• There are many practical approaches which can help
Alison Smith, Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian/ Committee Member - British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group
16.05 – 16.30End of Life Care
Jeanette Hogg, Dementia UK and Elaina Henderson (tbc)
TIMETITLESPEAKER
10.40 – 11.10 Practical tips for being a carer. Caring for a person with dementia can be both a rewarding and challenging experience, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Alzheimer’s Society has put together practical tips to benefit you and the person you are caring for, such as understanding and supporting the person with dementia and looking after yourself.Dr Tim Beanland, Head of Knowledge Management, Alzheimer's Society
11.15 – 11.40Pain & Communication. Julie Green, Dementia UK
11.45 – 12.05Primary progressive aphasia and its impact on a growing family. Claire’s husband, Bruce, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia with semantic variant primary progressive aphasia in 2012. He was 57 at the time and the couple had a growing family of two sons and a daughter. Claire wants to highlight the fact that dementia does not just affect the elderly, and the effect that it can have on family members and partners.Claire Taylor, Alzheimer's Research UK Supporter
12.10 – 12.35TBC How hearing technology can help those with cognitive impairments. Our talk focuses on the link between cognitive impairments and untreated hearing loss. Find out how regular testing and wearing sophisticated hearing technology can help patients with cognitive impairments increase their engagement in the surrounding world again.TBC Hidden Hearing. Mark Lovett, Hearing Aid Dispenser
12.35 – 13.30LUNCH
13.30 – 14.00Top 5 Questions on the Admiral Nurses Dementia Helpline. This session will cover some main reasons why families contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, and will provide suggestions and build awareness about each topic.Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK Helpline
14.05 – 14.35Living as a carer and as a family with Dementia. An honest and reflective account of two daughters and their day to day lives when caring for their Mum with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia. Practical tips for a safe and independent household and how we maintained a happy family life.Gemma and Michelle Tilly
14.40 – 15.10Medicines prescribed for dementia. Supporting individuals and carers with the how, why and when of medicines in dementia care.Anne Child MBE, Pharmacist and Dementia Specialist Lead at Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
15.15 – 15.40TBCTBC
Talks Hub 2 – The latest and best dementia products and services from specialist organisations
TIMETITLEEXHIBITOR / SPEAKER
10.25 – 10.45Care Quality Commission: Who are we and what do we do?CQC - Care Quality Commission. Tomasz Nicpon, Inspector
10.50 - 11.10The Impact of the Mobii Magic Surface in Dementia Care. Presentation of an independent research study assessing the efficacy of OMi’s magic surface/interactive table technology in dementia care.OM Interactive.
11.15 – 11.35TBCIndependent people
11.40 – 12.00Support at your fingertips. An overview of DCC’s free support services for family carersDementia Carers Count. Steve Dubbins, Director of Services
12.05 – 12.25TBCTBC
12.30 – 12.50TBCTBC
12.50 – 13.35LUNCH
13.35 – 13.55TBCRe:Cognition Health
14.00 - 14.20Thinking Differently About Dementia: The essential benefits of nature. Helping people to get outdoors, connect with nature and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives.Dementia Adventure. Gordon Malcolm, Project Coordinator
14.25 - 14.45TBCTBC
14.50 - 15.10Hearing Loss and Dementia. Learn about the latest research into the links between hearing loss and dementia, and how you may manage your hearing loss.Action on Hearing Loss. Ayla Ozmen, Head of Research & Policy and Sinéad Armitage, Information Manager
15.15 - 15.35The ExperienceTable. An interactive presentation on how touch serious games can help careworkers improve the wellbeing of people with dementia.Sovacare. Edith Zuiderent, CEO
15.40 - 16.00Enhancing Quality of Life for people living in their own homes and with the experience of dementia – an integrated approach. Enhancing quality of life for people living with dementia through engaging with them in a person centred way.Right at Home. Simon Osbourne, Group Quality and Compliance Manager
16.05 - 16.25TBCTBC
TIMETITLEEXHIBITOR / SPEAKER
10.50 – 11.10TBCCats Protection. Eve Moon, Community Neutering Officer (Nottingham area)
11.15 – 11.35Getting your affairs in order. A breakdown of the core services that Jones Whyte Solicitors provides, including Wills, Will Reviews, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Family Protection Trusts and Inheritance Tax Planning.McClure Solicitors. Adrian Howlett, Estate Planning Consultant
11.40 – 12.00How to Stay at Home With The Right Dementia Care. Independence. It’s something that many of us take for granted. Explore how focussing on enablement can allow someone with dementia to continue living in the home they know and love, with comfort, safety and independence.Helping Hands. Carole Kerton-Church, Regional Clinical Lead London
12.05 – 12.25The Future of Clinical Trials for Memory Impairment. Find out about the current state of play for Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairment clinical research; and discover what it’s like to take part in a research trial.Dr Stuart Ratcliffe, Chief Scientific Officer; Dr Alishah Suleman, Clinical Research Physician and Kieran Fallon, Patient Engagement Team
12.30 - 12.50'Because everybody has the right to a fabulous holiday. Where conventional and professional approaches infer “you can’t”, we categorically say “you certainly can”. Find out how MindforYou are opening the world of holidays for people with dementia, their family & friends.MindforYou. Carol Sargent, CEO & Founder of MindforYou - Specialist Dementia Holidays Charitable Co-operative
12.50 – 13.35LUNCH
13.35 - 13.55Tales of the expected and unexpected - the importance of planning for care The Good Care Group. Gemma Lock, Head of Business Development
14.00 – 14.20TBCMindme. Adrian Wolf, Chief Executive
14.25 – 14.45How everyone can help advance dementia care and treatments. With research, we can improve dementia care, diagnosis and treatments. People with dementia, their families and friends are helping make this research happen. Find out how Join Dementia Research enables people to find suitable studies and accelerate vital research. NIHR - National Institute for Health Research. Nicola McMillan, Join Dementia Research Manager
14.50 – 15.10Financial Protection For People Living With Alzheimer's. Advice for people on how to ensure that their finances and health care stay within the control of the correct people; using Lasting Powers of Attorney or Deputyships.Estate Planning Solutions. Philip Ogden, Senior Consultant
15.15 - 15.35TBCTBC
Interactive Hub – Take part in activities for people living with dementia and carers
TIMESESSIONSPEAKER
10.40 - 11.20Distress behaviour in dementia. As dementia develops, it causes behaviours that can be confusing, irritating or difficult to deal with, leaving carers and family members feeling stressed, irritable or helpless. By understanding the meaning behind the actions, it can be easier to stay calm and deal effectively with the challenges.Peter Gathercole RNMH, Nurse/trainer
11.40 - 12.20Development of a structured cognitive intervention pathway to support non-pharmacological intervention selection for people living with dementia. Care Visions have developed a decision-support pathway to help care providers of people living with dementia choose appropriate non-pharmacological interventions. The pathway enables care providers to select interventions based on the person’s stage or symptoms of dementia.Mark Carter, Managing Director Care Visions Healthy Ageing
12.40 - 13.20Seeing beyond Dementia, through music, interaction and laughter'. Demonstrating an approach to connecting with individuals 'despite' their dementia. Finding through music, song and laughter, that people with Dementia can actually learn 'new' songs as well as remember words to old songs. Alice Tribedi. Care home entertainer & professional exercise and dance teacher for able and disabled.
13.40 - 14.20Environments to support people living with dementia. We will take a look at everyday environments to understand how small changes can help compensate for memory loss and cognitive impairmentFind Memory Care. Karen Clayton, Dementia Environment Specialist
14.40 - 15.20Art Session Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!Creative Minds Artists
15.40 - 16.20How To Stay Positive When Things Go Wrong? Changing The Way You View & Deal With Challenges. Discover a powerful approach for dealing with challenges, building resilience, nurturing self-belief and supporting emotional wellbeing in this inspiring workshop.Ronit Gerber. Creator & Principle Trainer of The SMILE System™
TIMESESSIONSPEAKER
10.40 - 11.20Art Session. Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!Creative Minds Artists
11.40 - 12.20Top tips for communication! Come and meet Billy – SweetTree’s very own Pet Therapy Pooch and let’s discover how pleasant experiences can teach us so much about great communication.Nicki Bones, CEO, SweetTree Home Care Services
13.40 - 14.20Distress behaviour in dementia. As dementia develops, it causes behaviours that can be confusing, irritating or difficult to deal with, leaving carers and family members feeling stressed, irritable or helpless. By understanding the meaning behind the actions, it can be easier to stay calm and deal effectively with the challenges.Peter Gathercole RNMH, Nurse/trainer
14.40 - 15.20Practical Applications of Technology in Dementia Care.Barry Sweetbaum, Founder and Managing Director, SweetTree Connect

*The theatre programme may be subject to change at the discretion of the organisers.