The 6th Annual Memory Clinic Conference took place on Friday 17th June 2016 in the Trinity Sciences Centre, St James's Hospital. The conference was jointly hosted by the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and the Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), the conference entitled “Dementia: Addressing the Risk Factors,” focused on the potential to address the modifiable risk factors with a view to prevention of dementia. Professor Nick Fox gave the keynote address for the day with a thought provoking account on the prospects for presymptomatic treatment trials. Professor Richard Cheston explored the importance of recognising existential concerns and how this knowledge helped inform post-diagnostic support. The morning was rounded off with a "mini-symposium" based around the three Genio-funded hospital dementia projects. Dr Siobhan Kennelly (Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown) discussed the Memory Assessment Support Clinic and Telementoring service; Dr Suzanne Timmons presented on environmental changes that have been made in Mercy Hospital, Cork; and Dr Geraldine McMahon talked about the development of a dementia care pathway for patients accessing the Emergency Department in St James's Hospital, Dublin. In the afternoon we were delighted to welcome Professor Sarah Lamb who discussed designing and evaluating exercise interventions for people with dementia; John Costello, solicitor, who informed the audience of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity)Act 2015. Dr Anne Marie Miller presented on the clinical use of spinal fluid biomarkers in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease.
The conference was attended by over 120 healthcare professionals and feedback from the audience was extremely positive.
The theme of the 2015 Conference was dementia education. The conference focussed on a number of interventions designed to inform and develop not only people’s understanding of dementia but also to improve our caregiving practice. Speakers, both from Ireland and the continent, discussed topics ranging from the education of younger people and family caregivers through to the training of a variety of healthcare professionals including GPs.Read More
By way of marking World Alzheimer’s Day the DSIDC and the Alzheimer's Society of Ireland jointly hosted a seminar designed to up-skill health care professionals and the public about memory problems, brain health and cognitive reserve. The seminar took place at the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club in Dublin on Sept 21st and attracted much interest. The event was attended by over 100 practitioners, service planners, people with dementia, caregivers and other lay people. Speakers included Dr Alberto Blanco, Neuropsychologist at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda, Dr Olga Cleary, Policy Analyst from the Institute of Public Health and Dr Sabina Brennan Neuropsychologist and Co Director of the NEIL programme at Trinity College.Read More
This late afternoon seminar, chaired by Professor Suzanne Cahill, which took place in Trinity College’s Long Room Hub on May 20th, and titled “Taking Dementia out of the Closet: A World without Stigma” attracted an audience of some 100 people including health service professionals and lay people. The keynote speaker was Professor Perla Werner a Social Gerontologist and Vice Rector of the University of Haifa.Read More
The fifth National Memory Clinic Conference was held on Friday, 27th March 2015 in Trinity College Dublin. Jointly supported by the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) and Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC), the conference entitled “New Directions, New Dimension in Dementia,” focused on significant changes to the dementia landscape over the last five years and addressed some of the issues arising out of those changes. A mixture of national and international expert speakers addressed those with an interest in dementia and multidisciplinary staff working in some of the 17 memory clinics around the country covering topics such as the National Dementia Strategy, Neurocognitive Consequences of Sport Concussion, Driving and Dementia, epilepsy and memory loss, brain scanning in dementia, and a proposed national referral system for publicly funded Memory Clinics.
The conference was attended by over 150 healthcare professionals and pdf versions of the presentations are available for download.