Registrations are now open for Alzheimers NZ’s biennial 2014 conference Dementia: The Future Is Now, which is being held in Rotorua from 14-15 November.
Alzheimers NZ Executive Director Catherine Hall says the confirmed conference programme features some of the foremost dementia experts from New Zealand and around the world, as well as significant representation from the New Zealand dementia community.
International speakers include Professor Henry Brodaty (Australia), Professor Steve Iliffe (UK), Glenn Rees (Chair-Elect of Alzheimers Disease International), Kate Swaffer (internationally recognised advocate and activist for dementia and aged care) and David Troxel (renowned dementia care author and educator).
From New Zealand, Professor Richard Faull (Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland) and Susan Hitchiner (Chair, Alzheimers New Zealand) will deliver keynote addresses. Local research, initiatives, support services and treatment options will also feature strongly in the concurrent sessions.
“Dementia: The Future as Now comes at awatershed moment for the dementia community, a time where there is an unprecedented global focus on the condition,” Ms Hall says.
“Our programme reflects the exciting developments in advocacy, research, prevention, support services and treatment options that are happening internationally, as well as the innovation that is happening amongst the dementia community here in New Zealand.
“We’re honoured to have some leading international and local experts involved in the conference, and very strong involvement from people affected by dementia.”
Dementia: The Future Is Now will be held from 14-15 November at the Rotorua Convention Centre. Registrations are now open at www.alzheimers.org.nz/conference. Earlybird registrations close on Friday 26 September.
· A stronger consumer voice
Kate Swaffer, advocate and activist for dementia and aged care, Chair of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee, and co-chair of the Consumers Dementia Research Network.
· Dementia: Where Are We Now?
Professor Henry Brodaty, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales.
· The global context and Dementia: A Strategic Framework
Susan Hitchiner, Chair, Alzheimers New Zealand; and Glenn Rees, CEO, Alzheimers Australia, and Chair Elect, Alzheimers Disease International.
· The Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Exciting research developments for future New Zealanders
Dist Prof Richard FaullONZM, BMedSc, MB, ChB, PhD, DSc, FRSNZ, Director of the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland.
· Prevention, health promotion and early intervention in dementia
Professor Steve Iliffe, Professor of Primary Care for Older People, Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health, University College London: With research interests in health promotion and mental health Prof Iliffe’s address will focus on health promotion and early intervention in relation to dementia.
· Mona Lisa and the Art of Dementia Care
David Troxel, renowned dementia care author and educator, and co-developer of The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care.
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Notes to Editors:
About Alzheimers NZ
Alzheimers NZ is a not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting all people affected by dementia. Our Wellington-based national operation supports a federation of 21 local Alzheimers NZ organisations throughout New Zealand, each of which is a member of Alzheimers NZ.
We represent people with dementia and their families/ whānau by providing awareness raising, advocacy, information services and resources to and for the public generally, the Government, and health professionals and service providers in the dementia sector / community. We also provide information services and support for our Members.
Alzheimers NZ Member organisationsprovide support, education, information and related services directly to members of their communities who are affected by dementia.
With the General Election just around the corner, Alzheimers NZ has written to each political party seeking information about their policy and plans to respond to the challenge that dementia presents.
Dementia is one of New Zealand’s most significant and growing healthcare challenges. There is a lot to be done if we are to meet this challenge, and the solutions are both large and complex. Working together collectively as a sector is critical if we are to address this challenge and improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Urgent action is needed:
1. To build a dementia friendly New Zealand
2. To lift the quality of care and support that people affected by dementia receive
3. To strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia
4. For more investment in research.
And, as we have done in so many other fields, showing that we have both the heart and capacity to take a leadership role in responding to the challenge that dementia presents.
We have asked each party to provide information about their policy and plans in response to the following questions:
- What will you do to promote and support a New Zealand Dementia Strategy?
- What will you do to encourage and promote a dementia-friendly NZ?
- What will you do to strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia?
- What will you do to lift the quality of care and support for people affected by dementia?
- How will you increase the investment in research into dementia?
- How will you establish New Zealand’s leadership role in respect of dementia?
As we receive responses to these questions we will post them here for your information.
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