This year saw Alzheimer Europe's (AE) flagship event land in the hip Nordic capital of Copenhagen, a city that boasts the home of 'probably' the best lager in the world but also the home of 'probably' the most urbane citizens in Europe.
This was AE's biggest event to-date with over a dozen keynote speakers, a live Twitter feed throughout, an official app and royalty in attendance!
The conference was dominated by the theme of human rights and the rights of people with a disability, 'dementia-friendly' communities and research with a greater emphasis on medical research than previous years.
People with dementia were also at the fore with a number of inspirational platform presentations from, amongst others, Agnes Houston, Helga Rohra and Ireland's own Helen Rochford-Brennan. The DSIDC would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Helen for becoming the Chair of the European Working Group of People with Dementia. It is with the strength and dedication of people like Helen that the issue of dementia will be kept at the top of national agendas throughout Europe.
As in previous years there was a strong Irish presence with Tina Leonard (Alzheimer Society of Ireland) delivering an excellent keynote presentation on how the development of national policies can ensure the human rights of those with a dementia. Other presentations from the Irish contingent included dementia-friendly communities, involving people with dementia in care-planning, political advocacy, acute settings and the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act.
The DSIDC were represented through the many alumni of the organisation in attendance and through our involvement with the Dempath project and two platform presentations were delivered on the Integrated Care Pathway and on the Design workpath.
Matthew Gibb from the DSIDC gave an excellent presentation on the redesign of Emergency Department bed bays for people with dementia as part of the DemPath Project in St James's Hospital. Please click here to download a copy
Next year the conference is to be held in the uber-cool city of Berlin - hope to see you there!