Hear individuals sharing their own experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals giving a range of practical advice talks.

As well as talks from carers and persons with dementia, you will hear expert presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, personal budgets, paying for care, Mental Capacity Act and research.

View the 2019 programme below

10.20 – 10.45TBCTBC
10.50 – 11.20Mental 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 – 11.55Understanding 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 – 12.25TBCAge UK
12.30 – 12.50How 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 – 14.00Keep 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 akes Mistakes last year.Sue Strachan, Alzheimer's Research UK Champion
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 – 16.00’Swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) in Dementia'.Kate Harrall, Principle Speech & Language Therapist at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
16.05 – 16.30TBCTBC
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 – 11.40TBCTBC
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
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.Helen Green & Joanne Freeman, Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK Helpline
14.05 – 14.35Being a family carer.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 – 15.40Paying 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