What’s on at The Alzheimer’s Show 2021?
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.
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.
Take a look at the 2021 programme below.
Speakers confirmed for 2021 include:
Author and living with Young Onset Dementia
Dr James Warner
Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors
Dr Emer MacSweeney
CEO Re:Cognition Health
CEO Alzheimer’s Society
Author and living with dementia
Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living
Dementia Matters Theatre – Hear from dementia professionals, carers and people living with dementia
|10.10 - 10.20||A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's Show.||Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society|
|10.20 - 10.50||Building the Dementia Pathway.||Gavin Terry, Head of Policy, Alzheimer's Society|
|10.55 - 11.25||Potential new treatments for dementia. Samantha will talk about the potential new dementia treatments on the horizon, and discuss what the charity is doing to ensure that once these new drugs do 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 - 11.55||“Never give up on yourself”||Wendy Mitchell, Author and living with Young Onset Dementia|
|12.00 - 12.30||Dementia Care: Best practice and common themes in inspections.||Alison Murray, Head of Inspection - London, Care Quality Commission|
|12.40 - 13.30||QUESTION 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 James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors.
Wendy Mitchell, Author and living with Young Onset Dementia
|Chair: Kate Lee, Chief Executive, Alzheimer's Society|
|13.50 - 14.20||Managing 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|
|14.25 - 14.45||Dementia 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 2020.||Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group|
|14.50 - 15.15||Top 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 - 15.45||The ME in deMEmentia||Keith Oliver, living with dementia and campaigner|
|15.50 - 16.15||Engaging with people with more advanced dementia through sensory approaches and therapeutic relationships.||Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care, Sunrise Senior Living. Booked OK|
|16.20 - 16.45||Living 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. Hear Tim’s tips from 10 years of working at the Society and his own personal experience.||Dr Tim Beanland, Head of Knowledge, Alzheimer's Society|
|10.40 - 10.50||A welcome and introduction to this year's Alzheimer's Show||Zoe Campbell, Operations Director, Alzheimer's Society|
|10.50 - 11.20||Innovations to improve the lives of people affected by dementia - Alzheimer's Society Accelerator Programme.||Simon Lord, Innovation Manager, Alzheimer's Society|
|11.25 - 11.50||Living 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 five years ago.||Peter Berry from Suffolk was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2015, aged 52|
|11.55 - 12.25||A clinician's view on dementia. Rimona is a London clinician who focuses on memory, thinking and movement problems. She is particularly interested in understanding hallucinations during Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. This talk will feature the latest research, and a clinician’s view on the dementia.||Dr Rimona Weil, Clinical Research Fellow|
|12.30 - 13.15||QUESTION 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||1+1 is infinitely more than 2 ...How the integrated use of care and technology addresses the challenges of living at home with independence, wellbeing and control, after a diagnosis of dementia.||Barry Sweetbaum, Founder and Managing Director, SweetTree Connect|
|14.10 - 14.30||Dementia 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 2020.||Glenn Knight. Managing Director Training 2 CARE Group|
|14.35 - 15.05||Alzheimer’s in 2020 – moving closer to an effective treatment ?||Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO of Re:Cognition Health|
|15.10 - 15.35||Advance 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|
Talks Hub 1 – Practical advice and information from carers and professionals
|10.20 – 10.45||TBC||TBC|
|10.50 – 11.20||Mental Capacity Act; what you need to know! The Mental Capacity Act is over 10 years old and still has to come of age. The Act provides huge benefits and safeguards for people who lack capacity. However, most members of the public and many clinicians do not fully understand the Act and it's implications and benefits. This talk is intended to set that straight.||Dr James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors. Dr Warner has over 20 years' experience as a consultant psychiatrist specialising in care of people with dementia. He is also an expert in assessing mental capacity.|
|11.25 – 11.55||Understanding 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|
|12.00 – 12.25||TBC||Age UK|
|12.30 – 12.50||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.||Hidden Hearing. Mark Lovett, Hearing Aid Dispenser|
|13.35 – 14.00||Keep 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 – 14.25||Living 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 akes Mistakes last year.||Sue Strachan, Alzheimer's Research UK Champion|
|14.30 – 15.00||Legal 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 – 15.25||Frontotemporal 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 – 16.00||’Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) in Dementia'.||Kate Harrall, Principle Speech & Language Therapist at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust|
|16.05 – 16.30||TBC||TBC|
|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 – 11.40||TBC||TBC|
|11.45 – 12.05||Primary 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|
|13.30 – 14.00||Top 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.||Helen Green & Joanne Freeman, Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK Helpline|
|14.05 – 14.35||Being a family carer.||Gemma and Michelle Tilly|
|14.40 – 15.10||Medicines 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 – 15.40||Paying for Care. People with dementia invariably pay for their own care which can be means tested. This talk outlines how the paying for care system works, what constitutes 'deprivation of assets', continuing NHS healthcare, and the rules which govern this aspect of the dementia journey. Q&A included.||Sara Wilcox, CEO, Pathways Through Dementia|
Talks Hub 2 – The latest and best dementia products and services from specialist organisations
|TIME||TITLE||EXHIBITOR / SPEAKER|
|10.25 – 10.45||Care Quality Commission: Who are we and what do we do?||CQC - Care Quality Commission. Tomasz Nicpon, Inspector|
|10.50 - 11.10||The 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. Anna C. Park, Care & Education Consultant|
|11.15 – 11.35||TBC||Independent people|
|11.40 12.00||Building Knowledge and Resilience For Family Carers. An overview of: the free courses available for friends and family carers; our evaluation findings; and future development plans.||Dementia Carers Count. Steve Dubbins, Director of Services|
|12.05 – 12.25||Creating engaging environments for people living with dementia. Working with three FSHC care homes, we will look at the benefits of using murals to create engaging communal spaces.||Find Memory Care. Karen Clayton, Dementia Environment Specialist|
|12.30 – 12.50||TBC||TBC|
|13.35 – 13.55||TBC||Re:Cognition Health|
|14.00 - 14.20||Thinking Differently About Dementia. 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 - 14.45||Magic Table. How the Magic Table can be used to create increased happiness and clear social impact for the every day life of those with cognitive challenges.||Tovertafel UK. John Ramsay, CEO, Shift 8|
|14.50 - 15.10||Hearing 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 - 15.35||Optimise your Wellbeing, Memory and Mood. Learn about the importance of nutrition and lifestyle for cognitive health and some simple changes you can make.||Cytoplan. Helen Drake, Registered Nutritional Therapist|
|15.40 - 16.00||Enhancing 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 - 16.25||The ExperienceTable. An interactive presentation on how touch serious games can help careworkers improve the wellbeing of people with dementia.||Sovacare. Edith Zuiderent, CEO|
|TIME||TITLE||EXHIBITOR / SPEAKER|
|10.50 – 11.10||TBC||Cats Protection. Eve Moon, Community Neutering Officer (Nottingham area)|
|11.15 – 11.35||‘Getting your affairs in order’. A breakdown of the core services that McClure 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 – 12.00||How 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 – 12.25||Beyond the Anti-amyloid: The Future of Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease. Amyloid has been the focus on clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease, however more novel approaches such as looking at inflammation and gum disease and their relationship to Alzheimer’s disease are being investigated.||St Pancras Clinical Research. Dr Stuart Ratcliffe, Chief Scientific Officer and Megan Young, Patient Engagement Coordinator|
|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 and their friends and families.||MindforYou. Carol Sargent, Founder & CEO|
|13.35 - 13.55||Enabling people with dementia to live well at home. An overview of how clients are supported to achieve positive health outcomes through a holistic provision of care at home.||The Good Care Group. Janet Bill, Director of Operations|
|14.00 – 14.20||TBC||Mindme. Adrian Wolf, Chief Executive|
|14.25 – 14.45||How 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 – 15.10||Financial 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 - 15.35||TBC||TBC|
Interactive Hub – Take part in activities for people living with dementia and carers
|10.40 - 11.20||Distress 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 - 12.20||Development 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 - 13.20||Seeing 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 - 14.20||Environments 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 impairment||Find Memory Care. Karen Clayton, Dementia Environment Specialist|
|14.40 - 15.20||Art Session Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!||Creative Minds Artists|
|15.40 - 16.20||How 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™|
|10.40 - 11.20||Art Session. Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!||Creative Minds Artists|
|11.40 - 12.20||Top 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 - 14.20||Distress 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 - 15.20||Practical 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.