BIRMINGHAM, England, October 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
UK First Cross Sector International Dementia Conference
"staying at home is often a preferred choice for those living with dementia, what can we do to improve life for all involved in a home care situation?"
Taking place 3 - 4 November 2015 at the Vox (the new centre at the NEC Birmingham), the conference will tackle a range of issues facing home care for people living with dementia from the use of mindfulness for mental wellbeing, support for carers to adaptions of the home environment.
This conference will be profiled at the UK's first cross sector International Dementia Conference. This conference will also welcome dementia experts from across the world, as well as from different industries to learn and share ideas on the best solutions to tackle this global issue.
Dementia is the word used to describe the symptoms of a range of diseases including Alzheimer's disease and vascular disease. The number of people affected is set to double in the next twenty years just because of the ageing population.
Professor June Andrews, Director, Stirling University's Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and a leader in developing this exclusive conference comments: "With the increase in those living at home with dementia there is an increased need for support and sharing of knowledge and best practice for carers and support agencies to ensure the home environment supports a positive life."
The International Dementia Conference has been established by DSDC as an interactive, educational platform to drive understanding. It will take place alongside the dedicated Care & Dementia Show, therefore also offering practical support. Organisers are specifically inviting carer networks and support agencies.
60 concurrent session presentations will address topics ranging from: How to reduce the feeling of isolation by carers, how to understand the change of family dynamics, guides for home carers, using art as a tool to support people living with dementia and what to consider when aiming for a dementia friendly community.
Professor Andrews concludes:
"This is a conference for everyone who wants to know how to better serve and care for those affected by dementia. Best practice ideas will be shared and trends revealed that will help main carers, support agencies and local authorities in their aim to support people living with dementia staying at home."
The conference programme will also feature a series of individual talks, panel discussions and practical case studies highlighting the recent trends such as the use of mindfulness for mental wellbeing, how to become dementia friendly, peer support in dementia, art and dementia and support for the families living with dementia.
For further information regarding attending the International Dementia Conference, please visit http://www.internationaldementiaconference.co.uk.
Notes to editors
International Dementia Conference (http://www.internationaldementiaconference.co.uk)
Running at The Vox, Birmingham 3-4 November 2015, the International Dementia Conference will bring together leading figures from around the globe and from a variety of different industry backgrounds to learn and share ideas on the best ways to tackle dementia as a global issue. Created for everyone involved in supporting people with dementia and their carers, both in the UK and internationally, the conference runs concurrently with Care & Dementia Show 2015, the largest health and social care exhibition in the UK.
Care & Dementia Show (http://www.careshow.co.uk)
Care & Dementia Show is the biggest trade event in the UK for the care and dementia sector and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 3-4 November 2015. The show features dedicated suppliers, best practice ideas and technology showcases as well as providing education, products and services for those owning or running any organisation involved in the care of older people and/or affected by dementia. These include proprietors, directors and managers of care homes, nursing homes, domiciliary care agencies, sheltered accommodation, learning disability homes, local authorities, specialist care units, private hospitals and construction companies.
Dementia Services Development Centre is an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with Dementia, drawing on research and practice from across the world, to provide a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on all aspects of Dementia. Based at the University of Stirling, DSDC works with individuals and organizations to improve the design of care environments, to make communities Dementia-friendly, to influence policy and to improve services for people with Dementia. 2015 - the DSDC's 25th anniversary year - is marked by the Dementia Festival of Ideas which will explore the meaning of Dementia to us all, looking at the subject from as many different angles as possible and as creatively it deserves.
SOURCE International Dementia Conference