Alzheimer Scotland: Dementia Awareness Week conference 2012

Colleagues at Alzheimer Scotland are holding the Dementia Awareness Week conference on 18th June 2012. Read on for more information on the day and how you can get involved.

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What: Dementia Awareness Week conference 2012

When: 18 June 2012

Where: Thistle Hotel, Cambridge St, Glasgow G2 3HN. See this location on Google Maps.

Creativity and Dementia – policy and practice

Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week conference provides a unique opportunity to hear about progress on the implementation of Scotland’s National Dementia Strategy.

Alzheimer Scotland is delighted to have Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to give the keynote address and launch the second year review of the Strategy.

The charity will also have presentations from:

  • Ruth Glassborow (National Lead – Mental Health, Quality & Efficiency Support Team at the Scottish Government)
  • Ranald Mair (Chief Executive of Scottish Care)
  • Isabella Goldie (Head of Mental Health Programmes – Mental Health Foundation)

Presentations will address progress in relation to the following objectives:

  • Improving post-diagnostic support
  • Improving services through the integration of health and social care
  • Improving the quality of care through education and training
  • Improving the quality of care through the implementation of standards of care for dementia

The National Dementia Strategy puts outcomes for people with dementia centre stage. This conference makes a direct link between the Scottish Government’s Dementia Strategy and its ‘Year of Creative Scotland’ which aims to involve everyone in the community.

Practical workshops (11.15- 12.40)

There will be three practical workshops for people with dementia and their carers, also open to care staff/activity co-ordinators who would like to learn about the benefits of arts activities through participation. Places are limited to 25 within each so it is necessary to register at the same time as booking for the conference.

Premier performance ‘The Memory Spinners (2.00 – 3.00)

After lunch, participants will be treated to the performance: ‘The Memory Spinners’ by people with dementia and carers involved in the joint initiative between Scottish Opera and  Alzheimer Scotland.

Afternoon presentations include:

  • an exploration of the evidence base for claiming that arts activities benefit people with dementia, with recommendations for policy and practice
  • a showcase of how arts activities enhance the well- being of people with dementia in care homes and in the community.

 Who should attend this conference

  • All policymakers, planners, commissioners, involved in the provision of care services for people with dementia
  • Health and social work managers and practitioners
  • Consultants in old age psychiatry and GPs
  • Community mental health nurses
  • Care home managers
  • Activity co-ordinators – day care, care homes and hospitals
  • Community artists
  • Independent advocacy services
  • People with dementia and unpaid carers (some concessionary places available)


  • Early bird rate (until 14 May) – £85
  • Standard rate (after 14 May) – £100

Contact for booking:

Dorothy Keith
Alzheimer Scotland
22 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7RN

Tel: 0131 243 1453

All other enquiries

Kirsty Jardine
Awareness Manager
Alzheimer Scotland
22 Drumsheugh Gardens
Edinburgh EH3 7RN

Tel: 0131 243 1453

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