Conference examines ‘What the community and research can do for dementia’

A unique conference to highlight some of the dementia-related research being carried out in Swansea, the surrounding areas, and the wider community, will take place at Swansea University next week, in collaboration with BRACE, an independent charity committed to defeating dementia through scientific research.

The event, entitled ‘What the Community and Research can do for Dementia’ takes place from 9:15am until 4pm, on Tuesday, July 11, at the School of Management, Bay Campus.

Dementia -  stockThe conference will feature a wide range of speakers, including Tony Jameson-Allen from the Sporting Memories Network; Nick Johnson from the ABMU Health Board Dementia Training programme; Jess Denicola and Bev Cooper: Person-centred and failure free activity on a specialist dementia unit; Tony Bayer: Treatment for dementia; and Sue and Sandi: Members of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) and Dementia Matters in Powys (DMiP).

Emma Richards will speak on ‘Vascular cognitive impairment’; Amy Jenkins on ‘Subjective experiences of cognitive difficulties’; Claudia Metzler-Baddeley on ‘Brain white matter in dementia’; and Jeff Davies on ‘Preventing nerve cell loss in Alzheimer’s disease’.

Conference organisers Professor Andrea Tales and Dr Amy Jenkins from the Psychology Department-based Dementia Research Group, in the College of Human and Health Sciences, said: “We have a wonderfully diverse programme, which includes presentations of the fantastic dementia-related work being done by community groups, networks and projects together with a taste of some of the cutting edge research BRACE Alzheimer’s Research is funding and supporting in this region.”

The conference will also include a performance by the Musical Memories Choir, and there will be posters, stands, a cake stall, and the chance to discuss topics with all the speakers.

Lunch and refreshments are provided in the cost of attending the conference, which is £30 per person. This is to cover costs and any excess will be donated to BRACE.  There is no charge for individuals living with dementia and carers/supporters.

For more information, please contact Professor Andrea Tales, email: A.Tales@swansea.ac.uk, or Dr Amy Jenkins, email: A.Jenkins@swansea.ac.uk.

To register to attend the conference, please follow this link