Creating a Dementia inclusive Wales

This March an all Wales Dementia Conference will be taking place in Venue Cymru, Llandudno. This event builds on the success of the North Wales Dementia Network and new partnerships within Social Care and people affected by dementia.

The event will bring together staff from Local Authorities, numerous research organisations including: CADR (Centre for Ageing & Dementia Research) and the North Wales Dementia Network, businesses and organisations working to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

Over 200 people are expected to attend the event, after it was over-subscribed within a week. The day will be opened and chaired by Beti George, a Welsh Broadcaster, former carer and campaigner for improving support for those affected by dementia.

Chris Roberts an Honorary lecturer at Bangor University, who lives with dementia said

“It will include speakers, interactive sessions including some Alzheimer’s Society ‘Dementia Friends’ information sessions which help people begin to understand and also help expel some of the myths and misconceptions, there will be personal presentations and perspectives from professionals and people affected by dementia including carers and supporters. Included will be much needed general information, examples of intergenerational work and information on the continuing momentum and formation of the work around Dementia friendly communities. It is a must attend for anyone affected by, or interested, in any of the dementia’s, it continues on the demand of the successful couple of previous years meetings.

“The more you understand about dementia, the less fearful you will be and the better you will be equipped to live with it.”

Bangor University has an established dementia research facility the DSDC (Dementia Services Development Centre) Wales and provides a range of training including Masters in Dementia. The primary aim of the DSDC is to improve the quality of life and well-being of older people and people living with dementia and their supporters, through carrying out and applying relevant research.

Speakers from Bangor University include Dr Gill Windle and Emeritus Professor Bob Woods from the DSDC who will talk about Dementia Research and International Research. Professor Sebastian Crutch of UCL is also giving a talk on the day about different dementias and different responses to different art forms.

A panel of people living with dementia from across Wales will also share their insights into the developments in Wales. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend two of the many workshops on offer, titles include: Evidence based practice for improving the lives of people affected by dementia, how Hearing can be affected and the latest technology that can support people to maintain their independence.

Menai Evans, a representative of Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol who are supporting this bilingual event said “The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol works with universities across Wales to develop Welsh language medium opportunities for students. We are delighted to be able to support this conference as developing Welsh language practitioners within health and care settings is a priority area for us. One of our students explains the importance of bilingual care below: ‘It’s a pleasure being able to speak Welsh with the patients. From my experience, this is a way of building a positive relationship with them, especially older people. It’s important that they feel comfortable, and giving them an opportunity to speak their first language makes them feel less nervous and vulnerable in unfamiliar situations.’ Yasmin Refaat, second year nursing student at Bangor University and recipient of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Incentive Scholarship.”

See the event here

Publication date: 12 February 2018