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.
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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