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An outstanding conference on dementia is next week in Llandudno

Next week promises to be an outstanding conference on contemporary issues in dementia care.

This will be a two day programme (24-25 November) of activity, speakers, spaces and opportunities ‘to bring real, rapid change and improve dementia care and support in North Wales, and to create more informed, inclusive communities.’

It’ll take place in Llandudno, Wales, in a beautiful venue by the seaside.

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I am looking forward to it hugely.

Persons who’ve received a diagnosis of dementia are at the heart of the event’s organisation, including Chris Roberts, Wales ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, George Rook and Agnes Houston MBE, Scottish Dementia Working Group.

Here’s the ‘Eventbrite’ page, but please do email the organisers in advance as there will be a high proportion of tickets for interested citizens.

It is a spectacular programme, not least because Jeremy Hughes CEO of the Alzheimer’s Society will be speaking. Given how busy Jeremy is, this is wonderful.

The programmes is as follows.

DAY 1: 24 November 2015
9.30am      Refreshments, exhibition viewing, quiet space time, Dewis
10.00am    Welcome, Chris, Jayne & Kate Roberts ‘Creating inclusive communities,
a place for everyone – what matters to us’.
Kate Swaffer will also join us via webcast from Australia.
10.30am    Jeremy Hughes, CEO, Alzheimers Society UK ‘Dementia Friends’
10.45am    ‘Using what we have’ asset-mapping dementia care & support in N Wales
Group discussion activity 1
11.50am    ‘Dementia care pathway – Identifying issues & gaps’  Group discussion activity 2
12.35am     Prof. Bob Woods, Bangor University ‘Arts and Dementia’
1.50pm       Agnes Houston, Dementia and Sensory Loss
2.05pm       George Rook, patient activist ‘In an Ideal World’
2.20pm       First participant choice session: a choice of themed workshops,
informal hosted table conversations, quiet space, exhibition, Dewis
• Young carers • Being a dementia champion/voice • Dementia choirs
• Dementia and the natural environment • Dementia + transgender
• Dementia faith /ethnicity • Dementia and memory tasks/music
• Dementia + sensory loss • Late diagnosis •
Dementia and care homes • And more…
3.40pm       Second participant choice session
4.45pm       Chris, Jayne & Kate Looking forwards together

DAY 2: 25 November 2015
9.30am     Refreshments, exhibition viewing, quiet space time, DEWIS
10.00am    Welcome – Chris and Jayne Roberts ‘Creating change together’
10.15am    Keynote speaker and Multi-sector panel presentation
The current North Wales dementia care landscape
10.30am    Reviewing the asset-map of dementia care and support in N Wales
– developing recommendations for action, group activity.
11.40am    ‘A dementia care pathway – Identifying issues and gaps’
Data review & creating recommendations for action group activity.
1.00pm     Event close – Chris & Jayne Roberts ‘Looking forwards together’

I am staying at the conference venue itself, St George’s Hotel. I have already got an extremely good impression of them from speaking to them on the phone to organise my stay.

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  • Donna Houston

    See you there