Alison Ward, Tracey Rehling and Diana Schack Toft, recently presented at the 26thAlzheimer’s Europe Conference in Copenhagen. The conference was focused on projects which show excellence in dementia research and care and was opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark.
Tracey presented on dissemination issues arising from her study on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, including how people with dementia and their carers access research and make use of it in their everyday lives. Alison presented on two projects, her PhD which explores people with dementia’s experiences through photography and storytelling, and a project which uses TimeSlips™ storytelling with people with dementia in an acute dementia ward. Diana spoke on her PhD study using participatory research methods with people with dementia.
Also integrated within the conference was the Annual General Meeting of INTERDEM, a pan-European group of researchers and practitioners working with people with dementia and their families for early detection and timely interventions of dementia. As members of the INTERDEM Academy, Tracey, Alison and Diana also participated in a masterclass on ‘Involving people with dementia as advisors to your research’. Presentations were delivered from representatives across Europe, including Diana as one of the key speakers. Alison commented: “The final Q&A session was particularly engaging as the panel, which included people with dementia, discussed creative ways to recruit and support people with dementia and their carers to be involved in research and highlighted the benefits of such involvement