2019 TOPICS INCLUDE: Living with dementia – a personal view by Peter Berry | Managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia | Top tips for communicating with people with dementia | How to get a diagnosis | Future arrangements | Lack of post diagnostic support | Locally coordinated care | From Dementia to Rementia: Reducing the symptoms of dementia with cognitive rehabilitation therapy | ‘Alzheimer’s Disease without Dementia – how is this possible? | Prevention and reducing the risk of dementia | Research update | Medicines prescribed for dementia | Mental Capacity Act – A Surgery | Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Stress | iCST – Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy – a workshop | Innovations in dementia | Choosing the right care home |
2019 SPEAKERS CONFIRMED TO DATE: Alison Murray, Head of Inspection and Dementia Lead, Care Quality Commission | Jeremy Hughes, 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 | Dr Emer MacSweeney, CEO Re:Cognition Health & Consultant Neuroradiologist | Barbara Stephens, Caregiver-in-Chief, Unforgettable | Barry Sweetbaum, Managing Director, SweetTree Home Care Services |


Hear from the experts
In The Alzheimer’s 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 Alzheimer’s Talks and Topics Theatre 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 Exhibitor Workshop Theatre will showcase the latest and best products and services from many of the exhibitors in short, interactive sessions. Topics include dementia environments, technology, activities, legal and finance.

Get involved
Take part in The Practical Activities Workshop with sessions designed to help people supporting those with dementia. Activities include improving the home environment, art, technology and Individual Cognitive Stimulation therapy (iCST).

Once inside the event, all content is free to access.

Take a look at the 2019 programme below.

Alzheimer’s Matters Theatre – Hear from specialists, carers and people living with dementia
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.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 diesease in 2010.
12.00 - 12.30CQC dementia care updateAlison 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.
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.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. TBC
Talks & Topics Theatre – Practical advice from carers and professionals
10.50 – 11.20Benefits and dementia Speaker from Department for Work & Pensions tbc
11.25 – 11.50Mental Capacity Act - A Surgery. This is an open forum to discuss key aspects of the Mental Capacity Act in dementia care, including applying the principles of the MCA, obtaining consent, DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards) and lasting Powers of Attorney.Dr James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors
12.00 – 12.30Legal 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
13.40 – 14.00From carer to dementia researcher. Helen’s husband, Clive, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia aged just 46 and he died in 1999 aged 51. As a result of her experience, Helen decided to make a career change and become a dementia researcher. She completed her PhD in 2015 and her current research involves using MRI scans to improve diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease. Helen is optimistic about the power of research to find new treatments for people with dementia.Helen Beaumont, Alzheimer's Research UK supporter and dementia researcher
14.50 – 15.10How I used my dementia diagnosis for good by taking part in research. Brenda was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 at the age of 71. After the initial shock of her diagnosis, Brenda decided she wanted to get involved in research to help scientists make new breakthroughs in treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. The couple will share Brenda’s journey from her initial symptoms to now and talk about how they continue to raise awareness of dementia by supporting the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Brenda and Stephen believe research is the only answer to tackling dementia in the future.Brenda and Stephen Whittle, Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK
15.20 – 15.50Eating difficulties and dementia - practical approaches. Links between nutrition and dementia are known to pre-date diagnosis, and as the disease progresses, eating difficulties can make eating enough a challenge for both the person with dementia and their carers. This session will focus on practical approaches which can help the person living with dementia to eat enough to meet their needs.Alison Smith, Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian, Herts Valleys CCG and Chair, British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group
16.00 – 16.30How Specialist Palliative Care Services can support people living with a Dementia Diagnosis. How we support people with dementia (and their professional or informal carers, friends and family) to engage in Advanced Care Planning and how we assess the needs of patients with dementia and their families including physical, psychological, behavioural, social and spiritual needs. The importance of liaising with other healthcare professionals involved with advance care planning, symptom management, carer support and end-of-life care.Helen Brewerton, Head of Community Services, Royal Trinity Hospice
10.40 – 11.10 The truth about personal budgets.What are personal budgets, am I entitled to one, what can I spend it on, how much will I get? Hear the answers to all these questions and more as we look in detail at the truth about personal budgets and how to make them work for you.Ian McCreath, Personal Choice Programme Manager, Alzheimer's Society
11.15 – 11.40Providing age appropriate support for younger people with dementia. Mark and Rikki will discuss a “live” age appropriate model of support for younger people with dementia in Berkshire and how the promotion of mental and cognitive stimulation is important in any new developments. How does it work today, and what are the plans for developing age appropriate care in the future.Mark Hainy, Director YPWD (Younger People with Dementia) Berkshire West and Rikki Lorenti, Clinical Dementia Nurse Specialist, SweetTree Home Care Services
11.45 – 12.05Tackling the stigma and lack of awareness around dementia. Emily’s mum, Janet, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 aged 60. Emily was at university when her mum first started showing symptoms, so for all her adult life her mum has been living with Alzheimer’s. Frustrated by the lack of public knowledge of Alzheimer’s at the time of her mum’s diagnosis, Emily is determined to raise awareness of the disease and the need for dementia research.Emily Allen, Alzheimer's Research UK supporter
12.10 – 12.35Prevention and risk reductionSpeaker from British Heart Foundation
13.30 – 14.00‘Top 5 questions on the Admiral Nurses Dementia Helpline’. This session will cover some of the main reasons why people may contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, and will aim to provide suggestions and build awareness and about each topic: *How to obtain a diagnosis. *Confusion about the term dementia and the different subtypes (vascular etc.) and the difference between dementia and delirium. *Struggling with a lack of locally coordinated care. *Lack of post diagnostic support. *How to consider managing distress and behaviours that may cause concern or riskJulie Cox, Admiral Nurse Helpline, Dementia UK and Alisa Woods, Admiral Nurse Helpline
14.05 – 14.35From early signs and symptoms to end of life experiences: how products can support families throughout the dementia journey.Barbara Stephens, Caregiver-in-Chief, Unforgettable
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 – 15.40Choosing the right care homeSpeaker TBC
Exhibitor Workshop Theatre – Live demonstrations of the latest dementia products and services
10.30 – 10.50Use of technology in dementia care. Application of assistive technology in dementia care setting.CQC - Care Quality Commission. Tomasz Nicpon, Inspector
10.55 – 11.15Interactive Tables in Dementia Care. This session explores the many roles this technology can play in supporting physical & emotional well-being for those living with dementia and their carers/family members.OM Interactive. Anna C. Park, Care Consultant
11.20 – 11.40Birdie
11.45 – 12.05How can we most effectively improve the lives of family carers of people with dementia? Insights and stories from our professionally-led courses and services, demonstrating how important it is for family carers to have access to the right support when they most need it.Dementia Carers Count. Hazel May, Director of Service Development
12.10 – 12.30How BT supports vulnerable customers. Gav Barang, BT’s Vulnerability, Scams & Nuisance Calls Manager, will highlight products and services BT offer from helping manage nuisance calls, low cost phone services to wide ranging support provided to vulnerable customers including those with conditions like dementia.BT. Gav Barang, Vulnerability, Scams & Nuisance Calls Manager
13.30 – 13.50The Salford Institute for Dementia: Working in partnership with people impacted by dementia to deliver research, education and public engagement. The Institute, based at the University of Salford, works alongside those affected by dementia to undertake research, teaching, and public engagement work as well as run a regular series of activity groups. This session will outline how we work together to deliver this unique programme of activities.The Salford Institute for Dementia. Prof. Andrew Clark, Research Lead. Dr Sarah Smith, Research Associate. Sandra Jones and Vera Shaw, Dementia Associates
13.55 – 14.15Can living independently with Alzheimer’s ever be safe? With Local Authority budgets imploding and the incidence of dementia ever on the increase, more and more pressure is placed upon family carers to fill the void created by our failing National Health Service. With more reliance on Assistive Technologies, Medpage can provide affordable helpful solutions.Medpage Ltd. Mike Dines, Managing Director
14.20 – 14.40Age UK
14.45 – 15.05Magic 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, Director, Shift 8
15.10 – 15.30Optimise your wellbeing, mood and memory. This talk will give you a brief overview of some of the key areas that research has shown as being important for brain health which include nutrition, gut health, stress management, improving sleep, physical activity and brain training; and provide you with some ideas and suggestions that you can implement straight-away.Cytoplan. Clare Daley, BSc Hons, PgDip, Nutritional Therapist
15.35 – 15.55Living Made Easy. The Disabled Living Foundation has been providing free, impartial advice to people with disabilities for 50 years. Come and join us for information on how to make living easier.Disabled Living Foundation. Melanie Poyser, Independent Living – Regional Lead
16.00 – 16.20Why consider a MindforYou Holiday? Come and hear of the real benefits our guests see on a MindforYou supported holiday and understand why they feel our alternative to traditional respite is the way forward.MindforYou. Carol Sargent, Founder
11.00 – 11.20NIHR Join Dementia Research
11.25 – 11.45‘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
11.50 – 12.10How 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. Amanda Ansell, Head of Home Care South-East
12.15 – 12.30Caring for cats, caring for people. An overview of the benefits of cat companionship, together with a look at the services that Cats Protection offers to people who have loved and/or lost a feline friend.Cats Protection. Emma Osborne, Events Manager and Catherine Joyce, Paws to Listen Coordinator
12.35 - 12.55Dementia Adventure - positive & practical support for family carers. Find out about national charity Dementia Adventure's innovative approach to 'risk enablement', including supported holidays and our free 'Thinking Differently About Dementia' events designed specifically for family carers.Dementia Adventure. Simon Thorp, Head of Business Development & Innovation
13.45 – 14.05Activities and Innovation. Ben Atkinson-Willes was caring for his grandfather who was living with Alzheimer's disease when he noticed a lack of appropriate activity products for people with cognitive impairment. Active Minds was set up to meet this need and has since discovered how appropriate activity can reduce some of the challenges when caring for someone.Active Minds. Ben Atkinson-Willes, Director
14.10 – 14.30Proper holidays for people with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. We will be telling you more about our revitalising holidays for people with Alzheimer’s and their carers, including personalised care support, our blend of daily excursions and our fully accessible holiday centres.Revitalise. Terry Gray, Head of Operations
14.35 – 14.55Financial 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. John Heavens MIPW, Senior Estate Planning Consultant
15.00 - 15.20Lock them in or let them walk. What do you do when your loved one with dementia goes for a walk and doesn’t return home? Learn about the technology which will give freedom to the person with dementia whilst giving carers peace of mind.Mindme. Adrian Wolf, Chief Executive
Practical Activities Workshop – Take part in activities for people living with dementia and carers
10.40 - 11.20Designing environments for people with dementia using a sensory approach.Dr Lesley Collier, Southampton, University & Rompa
11.40 - 12.20Changing the lives of those with dementia using smart home technology. SweetTree Connect will be demonstrating its new Technology Assisted Independent Living solution (TAILs) which will revolutionise the lives of those living at home with dementia. TAILs uses the latest Internet of Things smart sensor technology to help people with dementia live safe and independent lives in the community. This demonstration will show how these small, discrete sensors work and how they can change lives, bringing reassurance and peace of mind to individuals and their families.Barry Sweetbaum, Founder and Managing Director, SweetTree Connect
13.40 - 14.20Art Session. Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!Creative Minds Artists
14.40 - 15.20ICST and Therapy at SweetTree: a practical example. Discussion about how iCST is used to inform packages. Be prepared, this will be interactive, and you will have the opportunity to be part of an iCST group. We aim to challenge your brain!Rikki Lorenti, Clinical Dementia Nurse Specialist and Alexis Cibrano, Dementia Service Manager, SweetTree Home Care Services
15.40 - 16.20Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Stress.R. Scott Boots, The Health Cares Exchange Initiative, Inc.
10.40 - 11.20Celebrating Ourselves: Beating Stress.R. Scott Boots, The Health Cares Exchange Initiative, Inc.
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 - 14.20ICST and Therapy at SweetTree: a practical example. Discussion about how iCST is used to inform packages. Be prepared, this will be interactive, and you will have the opportunity to be part of an iCST group. We aim to challenge your brain!Rikki Lorenti, Clinical Dementia Nurse Specialist and Alexis Cibrano, Dementia Service Manager, SweetTree Home Care Services
14.40 - 15.30Art Session. Exploring the therapeutic nature and joy of art. A moment to leave dementia behind!Creative Minds Artists