Dementia has a profound impact on the people who experience it
and on their families. With better standards of healthcare,
increasing longevity means that the number of people living with
dementia is increasing. It is estimated that one million
people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and that this will
increase to two million by 2050. In Northern Ireland approximately
19,000 people are living with dementia, a number projected to rise
to almost 60,000 by 2051. Research indicates that more people are
developing dementia even later in life and are living, often with
other significant and life-limiting chronic conditions, for shorter
periods of time. We must therefore improve our understanding of the
different forms of dementias and continue to redesign and transform
World Health Organisation’s, Global Action Plan on the public
health response to dementia, 2017-2025,
includes seven targets for increased policy which include:
- prevention and diagnosis
- Care and treatment of dementia.
The first target, 'Dementia as a public health priority' urges
that 75% of Member States (146 countries) must develop a tailored
response to dementia by 2025.
Governments across the four nations have identified as a
priority the need to promote greater understanding of the causes of
dementia, to work to find a cure, to modify the risk factors and to
improve standards of care for people living with dementia.
There is currently no cure for any type of dementia but there have
recently been significant advances in our understanding of factors
which contribute to prevention, together with improved diagnosis
and treatment of dementia.
The Northern Health and
Social Care Trust, The Royal College of Psychiatrists in NI,
The British Psychological Society NI
and Ulster University have
brought together a range of speakers with international reputations
from across the UK and Ireland for this conference.
The aim of the conference is to examine how developments in
prevention, treatment and quality of life can transform the journey
for the person with dementia and their carers. Keynote speakers and
parallel presentations will present on developments in dementia
care and services across a number of important themes including
diagnosis, intervention, innovation and prevention.
It is intended that this event will motivate, excite and inspire
further service improvement, research and innovation across these
We thank all speakers and participants for their
The British Psychological Society, Dementia Advisory Group will
also be delivering the Northern Ireland launch of its position
paper on 'Psychological Dimensions of Dementia: Putting the Person
at the Centre of Care'.
Chair, Conference Organising Committee
Our keynote speakers
Professor Mary McCarron, TCD Professor Bob Woods,
Bangor University Dr Frances Duffy,
Dr Afifa Qazi, NELFT
Call for posters:
6 CPD points, subject to peer group approval / 1 full day's
Tel: 028 9027 8793