10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

10th Scottish Caring & Dementia Congress

19th April at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh

The 10th Annual Scottish Caring and Dementia Congress organised by Caring Times and the Journal of Dementia Care was held on the 19th April at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and attended by over 150 people. The Congress was held on one busy day. It included two plenary sessions featuring keynote speakers of importance to all delegates, and divided into specialist parallel sessions for the rest of the day to cater for everyone’s interests.

The morning plenary chaired by Debbie Tolson, Professor at University of the West of Scotland, started with Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care Services, HC-One who talked about a person-centered understanding of behaviours that challenge others in advanced dementia. Key messages were delivered by DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) and tide (together in dementia everyday) organisations about people living in dementia and family carers.

The conference then continued into exhibition viewing and then onto 2 breakout sessions including session on End of life care, communication and comfort, a workshop on movement and physical activity for people living with dementia delivered by Shona Omand-Smith and Paula Bisset from the Care Inspectorate and a symposium run by Ian A. James, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust Foundation Trust and Helen Moores-Poole from NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

After lunch and further exhibition viewing the delegates moved into the second plenary of the day chaired by Jim Pearson, Director of Policy & Research at Alzheimer Scotland, on the ‘Dementia prevention in the 21st century’ given by Stina Saunders, Doctoral Research Assistant at the Centre for Dementia Prevention, University of Edinburgh.

Delegates completed the day with three final parallel sessions including session on Late stages of dementia and Responding to stress and distress, sessions including on the phenomenon of ‘time-shifting’, delirium and dementia, appropriate use of psychotropic drugs in care homes in people with dementia, staff support when identifying and reducing episodes of distress and promotion of well-being chaired by Anna Jack-Waugh, University of the West Scotland.

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