Learn the latest in dementia research, practice and innovation at IDC 2022

A stellar array of experts, news from the frontline of dementia prevention research, and voices of people living with dementia and their carers will feature at the International Dementia Conference: Brave New World in September.

IDC International dementia conference 2022“I can honestly say this year’s is the strongest line-up of speakers, Australian and international, we’ve ever had at an International Dementia Conference,” said HammondCare CEO Mike Baird.

Mr Baird will open the two-day Sydney conference taking place on the 8-9 September, which is aimed particularly at people involved in delivering complex dementia support services. Registrations are now open for the event to be held at the Hilton Sydney .

“This year’s IDC features experts from backgrounds as diverse as robotics, digital storytelling and nutrition, alongside clinicians, researchers and innovators in delivering complex care,” he said. “They all have this in common: an absolute passion for improving the lives of people living with dementia.

“People like Dr Chris Nowinski, a US neuroscientist whose experience of concussion as a professional wrestler led him to found the Concussion Legacy Foundation.”

Dr Chris NowinskiDr Nowinski, who also co-founded Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Centre , will speak at a plenary session on the hot issue of minimising head trauma in sport.

There will be a session on First Nations and dementia. Nova Peris OAM, Olympic gold medallist and the first Aboriginal woman to sit in Federal Parliament, will present at that session along with Canadian academic/activist Dr Wendy Hulko and New Zealand neuropsychologist Dr Makarena Dudley.

Professor Craig Ritchie, Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at Edinburgh University and a leading authority on dementia trials, will showcase the most promising developments in the field worldwide.

Professor Ritchie’s research focus is mitigating the risk of dementia by keeping our brains healthy in mid-life.

An elderly woman with dementia hugs her Tombot, which looks like a yellow labrador toyThe conference will delve into the potential of Artificial Intelligence and robotics to provide comfort and companionship for people living with dementia. Tom Stevens, founder of Tombot, will tell his story via videolink of working with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to develop a hyper-realistic companion pet, “Jennie”, for people who cannot care for a live animal.

At the conference, Associate Professors Steve Macfarlane, Head of Clinical Services for Dementia Support Australia, and Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, will launch an important new textbook on supporting people experiencing the behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Along with Dr Madeleine Healy they have co-edited “The BPSD Textbook: addressing behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia”.

A panel including Dr Macfarlane will discuss the supports needed for people with dementia causing complex behaviours, hearing from the wife of a man who has frontotemporal dementia and the measures the couple took to stay in the community together.

University of Sydney geriatrician Professor Susan Kurrle, also a commentator on the hit ABC TV series Old People’s Home for 4 year olds, will discuss how a dementia diagnosis can change someone’s world and what their loved ones can do to make their new world worthwhile.

The International Dementia Conference is a biennial event, strongly supported by people engaged in dementia care, research and policy.

An evaluation of the International Dementia Conference 2020 (conducted remotely because of COVID-19 restrictions) showed 31% of attendees worked in residential care, 26% in community care, 26% in hospitals and palliative care and most of the others in policy, research and advocacy.

Some 65% of delegates at the International Dementia Conference in 2020 were Australian residents and 35% were from overseas.

Click here to register for the International Dementia Conference 2022

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