Year of action on dementia awareness - West Midlands Regional Conference
Year of action on dementia awareness regional conference: Department of Health
"Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as a society. There are currently 670,000 people in England living with the condition and hundreds of thousands of family members are acting as their carers . And if we think that’s a lot, consider that the number of people with dementia will double in a generation.
Doing nothing is not an option and we must do considerably more to support people with dementia, their families and carers. Society as a whole must improve its understanding and awareness of dementia and we should all know what we can do to help. That is why the government is so determined to take action, as shown by the Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia.
We want you, as an individual and/or as part of your organisation, to help change the way people see dementia and improve the quality of life of people living with it. There are many ways to make a difference: you could help improve awareness, diagnosis, delivering care, getting involved in research or creating dementia friendly communities. The important thing is that you do what you feel you can.
As part of our drive to improve dementia awareness, we are hosting a number of regional conferences in the next few months including this one at Warwick University, Coventry.
The conference will allow you to listen to and talk with a range of people. They include those who provide services for, or are living with, dementia.
We hope you will a join us at this event, where we will bring together leaders across government, health, social care and industry to discuss the challenge of dementia and how we can tackle this together".
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health
Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care & Support
Start time 10:30 - marketplace showcasing good practise and projects from across East and West Midlands.
11.15 - to 13.15 - a number of local and national speakers, including a Department of Health Minister
This event is aimed at :
- Members of health and wellbeing boards
- Directors of public health,
- Directors of adult services
- Local Healthwatch,
- Local councillors
- Dementia stakeholder organisations
- Individuals including people with dementia and their carers
- Hospital dementia leads
- Care providers
The marketplace will include dementia friendly housing, Telford football club dementia friendly football, the Dudley Dementia Gateways and intergenerational school projects which are part of the national work on Dementia Friendly Communities.
As well as showcasing some of the best in approaches to dementia the events will ask participants to make a personal or professional commitment to change - eg
- Sign-up to care and support compact
- Join the Dementia Action Alliance
- Sign-up to become a dementia friend
- Improve diagnosis rates
- Reduce prescription of anti-psychotics
- Drive public involvement in dementia research
Book online here