" More than 700 delegates were encouraged to ‘Be the Change’ in improving the lives of people impacted by dementia. "
National dementia conference a huge success

31 October 2017

World-leading experts on dementia assembled at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in October for the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference.

They were joined by more than 700 delegates, who were all encouraged to ‘Be the Change’ in improving the lives of people impacted by dementia.

The impressive line-up of speaking talent included Dr Sam Gandy, from the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York, who presented a keynote address entitled ‘What Would It Take to Get an Effective Alzheimer’s Drug?’

Dr Sam Gandy

Dr Gandy was joined by Naomi Feil, pioneer of the world-renowned Validation method, who gave a presentation on how to apply Validation techniques to older people living with dementia who exhibit behaviours of unmet need.

Naomi Feil

The conference was officially opened by Dementia Advocate Christine Bryden, who was diagnosed with dementia in 1996, at the age of 46. She was joined on the program by South Australian of the Year 2017 and Dementia Advocate Kate Swaffer, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2008 at the age of 49.

Christine Bryden

Kate Swaffer

The varied program featured five keynote presentations and 10 concurrent sessions from people living with dementia and their care partners, with other speakers ranging from researchers to medics, to health care professionals and academics.

Alongside the multiple exhibitors who gathered on-site to promote their products and services, the impressive Feed Your Senses space showcased a dementia-friendly garden and cutting-edge technology designed to enhance the lives of people impacted by dementia.

Ahead of the conference, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it would provide a unique opportunity to explore leading approaches from across the globe that support people living with dementia to live engaging and rewarding lives.

“We are so excited to be welcoming such an eclectic and respected range of the world’s leading experts to Melbourne. I have no doubt that attendees from the sector and community will come away feeling energised and inspired to implement some of the learnings from the conference and to continue making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

 Posted: October 31st, 2017

Valerie said:

So proud to be present at this HISTORIC occasion .. love the colours the logo and basically the exhibition area with the Sensory Garden was exceptional I'm glad you are showcasing the DAI hero's the dementia experts Christine Bryden, Edie and Anne and Kate Swaffer. Exceptional speakers giving a wide range of both research and rubber to the road happenings I loved the AUSLAN people with the special award winner on Fri am. Unfortunatley I missed the finale as I had a plane to catch for the next conference A highlight was meeting Mr Samuels and Marie McAbe showcasing the Sensory Garden privately before sessions-- They included me in the show and tell' features.. I have a treasured photo. I'd also like to congratulate the volunteers and convention staff on excellence and care over and above the expected norm - I have dementia but I saw them extending the same care and courtesy to all delegates. Michelle from DA my personal 'guardian angel' allowed me to feel my back was covered without hovering - My bestment husband a thousand pus kms away was also relieved especially by Thurs arvo when I presented my poster on Not Being Belived = Abuse -Finding Lewy -in memory of Robin Williams - the LBCRS expanded [also co-presented with Dr Dave Jenkins on the Bredesen Protocol the Wednesday -- worth the considerable effort to know the are available for twelve months My husband knew my brain battery would be getting flattened and I start making sequencing errors.. but I was ALL GOOD --well sort of LOL I was soo chuffed to get Maggie Beers plenary speakers book too Looking forward to value add as an advisor to Dementia Australia -- I AM THE CHANGE with the 700 other delegates == wear my bracelet and pin with pride too and as a conversation starter to promote the DFC HUB which is now online to all.. Good work Dementia Australia -- every one doing their bit but NOT ABOUT US WITHOUT -- the consumers - the dementia expert from the inside out..

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