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IDC2020 has additional support for people living with dementia and their carers. To learn more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 8437 7355 (Australia) or +44 (0) 7787 168 168 (Europe).
IDC2020 prioritises supporting delegates with dementia and carers who may not have attended a conference before. You can learn more here.
In this session I will argue that the symptom-based fashion for diagnosing neurodegenerative brain diseases is now outdated with the 21st Century capacity to measure these diseases directly using biomarkers. This pivot will ensure that better treatments, early detection and risk modification will be possible for earlier stages of the disease. The field is being failed by the out-dated concept of dementia in both a clinical and research sense.
Chaired by Leigh Hatcher, Broadcast Journalist and Author
Palliative care is an essential part of the care of people with dementia that has been under-utilised in the past. This interactive Panel will discuss the benefits for patients and families of advance care planning, symptom management, family support and the need for specialist teams to actively address the needs of this most vulnerable group of people in our society.
The Deafness and dementia toolkit includes information about dementia, changed behaviour, support services and how the environment, communication and care approaches can enable the Deaf person to maintain engagement with their community.
MJ Grant of Sanford took her mother, who is deaf and battling dementia, to a nearby beach and recorded video of their sign language conversation in the car. ... “Dementia can be beautiful,” Grant wrote about the exchange. “Within the confusion there can be such beauty and sweet little surprises.” You can watch that video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfuRftccTTY
Join MJ and her mother in this session as they share their journey and hope for the future, challenging us to think about the sensory impacts of dementia.
Chaired by Angela Raguz, General Manager Residential Services HammondCare
21 years ago Judd, Marshall and Phippen published ‘Design for Dementia'. So why are we still asking ourselves about buildings and adaptations that don’t work for people with dementia? If this were any other group of people would the debates about dementia friendly communities and services still be taking place? While the economic argument for smaller domestic environments is known, why is this not informing the future investments being made in aged care? What about the impact of the current pandemic? This and many other issues of dementia design will be considered by our international panel of experts from the UK, Australia and Japan (via the USA). They will provide a wealth of perspectives and expertise as they debate the merit and opportunities through our showcase of designs being demonstrated at IDC2020.
Delirium remains a major contributing factor in relation to dementia and behaviours. This session will explore issues around delirium as well as the interaction between systemic inflammation and prior pathology in the brain to bring about exacerbation of neurodegenerative disease and episodes of delirium/cognitive dysfunction.
Without a doubt, 2020 has delivered significant challenges across the aged care sector. The learning and impetus for change has been great and in this panel presentation we will explore the issues from environment, clinical care, supporting families and so much more. We will look internationally at what we have learned and how we might be better prepared for future pandemics.
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