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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference

2014 Highlights

Highlights from the 2014 Dementia Conference

Professor Alistair Burns

Leigh Hatcher talks one-on-one with Professor Alister Burns.

Emeritus Professor Mary Marshall

"I was inspired to work in dementia care by a six-month job in Victoria thirty years ago. I want to reflect on how enormously dementia care has improved since then. I also want to look at where it has not improved. One crucial area where we are not helped is an overwhelming preoccupation with risk."

Dr Stephen Judd

In this M-rated talk, Dr Stephen Judd discusses three areas where the rights of people living with dementia are at risk of being overlooked in aged care homes: sex and sexuality; medication; and music. 

In addition to highlighting these challenges, Dr Judd explores how caring organisations can move away from providing care that is convenient-but-bad, towards care that truly meets the needs of people living with dementia. If significant changes can be made in these three areas – sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – we will go a long way towards addressing the negative perceptions around dementia and aged care.

Maggie Beer
Don’t Give Me Eggs That Bounce, featuring 118 cracking recipes for people with Alzheimer’s is a first-of-its-kind cookbook that celebrates the dignity of older people, people with dementia and those with eating difficulties by offering nutritious, delicious food across a range of dietary needs.

Professor Colm Cunningham
Apart from the awful experience of living with untreated pain, a lack of effective pain management brings with it a cluster of related health problems. Evidence indicates that this fundamental care need continues to be overlooked. The lack of recognition of pain and treatment has a major impact on the person with dementia in aged care. 

This could be avoided by implementing a better pain management culture across aged and dementia care services.

Professor John Swinton

In this presentation, Professor John Swinton explores the issue of the communal forgetting of people with dementia and offers an alternative way of viewing our relationships with those who have to learn to live well with dementia.

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