Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) in Scotland is 30 May – 5 June 2016. During this week, Alzheimer Scotland and several other health and care organisations and professionals including allied health professionals will hold information and awareness-raising events across the country. We’ll be blogging on DAW plans over the next few months so stay tuned to find out what’s happening across Scotland.
During #DAW2016, a real focal point will be our Annual Conference. This year, it takes place on Friday 3 June at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, exploring the theme Global to local: research, practice, innovation. There will be speakers from across the world sharing local, national and international experiences of changing dementia policy, developing research and driving forward radical improvements in care and support.
There is something for everyone in this year’s conference with the aspiration that everyone who attends will take away new ideas and learnings with the ultimate goal to have a positive impact on how we live with dementia on a personal level, as professionals, as local communities and in wider society.
6 things you need to know about this year’s conference
- “This is me’
The conference is as important for people living with dementia, their families and carers and friends as it is for professionals and to ensure their voices are heard, the conference is will be opened by Kate Swaffer, Alzheimer Australia Dementia Advisory Committee with Henry Rankin, Chair, Scottish Dementia Working Group then speaking. Kates conference biography can be seen here. Henry has also shared some of his story in his own video entitled “This is me” that we posted in this blog last year. https://letstalkaboutdementia.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/this-is-me-2
- Global Research to Local Practice
We will hear about the latest research from a range of leading researchers and academics including the use of psychoactive drugs at home, in care homes and hospitals in the treatment of people with dementia in America by Dr Al Power who will share his passion to educate us to live beyond these drugs. We will also hear about recent research exploring the potential for people to continue working after a dementia diagnosis, and what this could mean for employees and employers alike by Dr Louise Ritchie
- Early insights into Scotlands 3rd Dementia Strategy
We will hear from Geoff Huggins, Director of Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government in the main programme with regards to the initial ideas from Scotland’s dementia dialogue events that have helped shaped Scotland third dementia strategy due to be publishes this year
- Creative conversations
Another great aspect of the conference is that we can come together as a group of people with a shared interest in dementia. We can walk around the exhibition hall and meet people from Alzheimer and dementia associations, heath and care professionals, Government staff, representatives from pharmaceutical industry, financial, legal, property, technology, innovation sectors and of course people living with dementia and their families.
- Soap box sessions
This year for the first time we will have “soapbox” sessions at the exhibition space. These sessions give delegates the opportunity to hear about exciting and innovative products and ideas from a range of different people. The sessions will be for 10 minutes, on a pop-up stage. During the ten minutes they will share their ideas or inventions and take questions from the audience. Hopefully in those ten minutes you can take away some great ideas and practical solutions.
- Allied Health Professionals: who we are and how we can help? #AHPDementia
Again at this year’s conference, we will have an AHP “market stall” offering an opportunity for you to find out more about allied health professionals, who we are and how we can help. We will have allied health professionals at the “market stall” to answer any questions on eating well, keeping active, living well at home, keeping up with your hobbies, interests and maintaining everyday conversations. To find out more about allied health professionals leaflet here: http://www.alzscot.org/assets/0001/7456/AHP_Leaflet_for_launch.pdf
To find out more about the conference you can click on the links below:
Conference programme http://conference2016.daw.dementiascotland.org/programme/
Our conference blog http://conference2016.daw.dementiascotland.org/blog/
As a thank you to all our blog followers & contributors we can offer you a discounted rate of £95.00 until 29th April.
We hope if you do join us on the 3rd June you will take away new ideas and learnings that will have a positive impact on how we live with dementia on a personal level, as professionals, as local communities and in wider society. However what would you reasons be to come and join us during #DAW2016?
Allied Health Professional Consultant, Alzheimer Scotland
My remit in Alzheimer Scotland is to bring the skills of AHPs to the forefront of dementia practice and to share with them the principles and practice of working in a major charity that is dedicated to “making sure nobody faces dementia alone”. I am leading the delivery of commitment 4 of Scotland’s Dementia Strategy. In short, a great job working with great people.