Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

HeadSpace Symposium 27th to 28th April 2018

Trinity College Dublin

The HeadSpace2018 symposium, a two-day celebration of scientific and creative investigation into brain health and dementia, will take place in Trinity College Dublin from 27th to 28th April, 2018. By 2041, 22% of the Irish population will be 65 or older. With this in mind, change in how the nation tackles ageing and wellness is key to ensuring better health for future generations.

The symposium will centre on topics and conversations around caring communities, research and practical cultural solutions. The aim is to come up with ideas and actionable outcomes that will inform, engage, entertain and inspire attendees and the wider community. A whole host of expert speakers will be in attendance to inform attendees on their own perspectives and suggest how their thinking might serve Ireland’s ageing population. Its creative program features free concerts, choirs, dance and new commissions including the performance of a new choral work made by people living with Alzheimer's performed by the Irish Doctors’ Choir, Sean Millar, and the children of Kylemore Community College.

Some experts on the speaker’s list include; Ashton Applewhite, the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Ashton is an internationally recognized expert on ageism, she speaks widely at venues that have included the TED mainstage and the United Nations, and she has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?

Tim Carpenter, is CEO/Founder of EngAGE and Host/Producer of the EXPERIENCE TALKS radio show.  EngAGE changes lives by transforming affordable senior and multigenerational housing communities into vibrant centres of learning, wellness and creativity.

Ian Robertson, is Co-Director of the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at Trinity College Dublin and UCSF. A trained clinical psychologist as well as a neuroscientist, he is widely known internationally for his research on attention and the human brain.

Dominic Campbell is co-founder of Creative Aging International and is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently producing "Creating A New Old San Francisco” in the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Headspace2018 in Trinity College Dublin, which respond to ageing at scale by connecting the research and innovation of artists, scientists and strategists Alex Coulter, John Conolly and of course, Dominic Campbell.

*Full list of speakers and topics included in notes to editor. 

It is proven that the brain is especially sensitive to external influences when it comes to ageing. Poverty, housing and education have huge effects on the health of the individual. This symposium will address the fact that access to healthcare, levels of potential isolation, social connectedness and personal security all contribute to how ageing can affect an individual.

It is estimated these social determinants account for 50% of disease and mortality. People grow old in different ways. This issue needs to be addressed through a combination of creative thinking and collaboration to come up with viable solutions in solving this imminent Irish problem. It requires many voices and communities contributing to new scientific discoveries and innovations to provoke significant cultural change helping towards the betterment of Ireland’s ageing population.

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