International Dementia Conference

Engage 2019 – 11th International Dementia Conference

1st & 2nd April, Croke Park, Dublin

Day 1

Plenary Speakers

Between Alice and the Eagle: Dementia Journeys across the Globe, Dana Walrath, Writer, Artist, Anthropologist

Engaging with life in dementia, Prof Elizabeth McKinlay, Director, Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Norway – a collective approach to supporting people with dementia and their care partners, Prof Knut Engedal, Professor Emeritus of Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Oslo, Norway

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Our Story, Kevin Quaid, person living with dementia, member of the Irish Dementia Working Group, and his wife Helena

Needs, services and support in young onset dementia: Evidence and developments, Prof Marjolein De Vugt, Professor Psychosocial innovations in dementia, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Building on strengths and abilities: Update on the National Dementia Post-diagnostic Supports Programme, Dr Emer Begley, Senior Project Manager, National Dementia Office, HSE

Home-based Memory Rehabilitation Programme: An evidence-based Cognitive Rehabilitation approach for people with early stage dementia, Mary McGrath, Advanced Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist, Memory Clinic, Belfast City Hospital

Global Brain Health Institute Symposium

Part 1: Advocacy and Services for people living with dementia

Part 2: Care and Support for people living with dementia

2 Parallel Sessions

Active Engagement: tools & technolgy

Psychosocial approaches & Cognitiive Rehabilitation

Mini Symposium

Innovations in the community

Day 2

Thread 1

Narrative and dementia: We all have a story, Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay, Director, Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies, Charles Sturt University, Australia & Dr Patricia McParland, Independent Consultant, Board Director, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Adjunct faculty member of the Faculty of Science and Health, Dublin City University

“A way of being”: Moving beyond a professional approach to person centred care, Dr Patricia McParland

An introduction to Spiritual reminiscence with people who have dementia, Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay

Thread 2

Towards a model of Social Health

  • Telling my story, Agnes Houston, Knowledge Exchange Associate, HammondCare,
  • What is social health and why medicalise life? Irish Dementia Working Group, Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair, European Working Group for People with Dementia
  • The perspectives of people with dementia on day and respite services: A qualitative study Emma O’Shea, PhD Student, Dublin City University

Changing care cultures

  • Programme to Enhance Dementia Care, Caroline Baker, Director of Dementia Care, Barchester Healthcare
  • Generations Together, Advantages of creating intergenerational relationships, Sonia Tallon & Julieann Kelly, Activities Co-ordinators, Gormanston Wood
  • Compassionate End of Life in Residential Care Centres Evaluation, Kate Steele, National Development Manager – Residential Care Settings, Irish Hospice Foundation
  • ‘Compassion in Care’: A Novel 3-Part Education Series About Person-Centred Communication Skills, Roseanne Staveley, Senior Speech and Language Therapist, Beaumont Hospital
  • A Framework for Sustainable activities used by Dementia Champions in a Community Hospital, Maura Gillen, Practice development Coordinator, Older Persons Service Donegal

FLOURISH professional development in arts and dementia: A workshop for everyone involved in providing and commissioning arts initiatives for people with dementia, Maria Pasiecznik Parsons, Chief Executive, Creative Dementia Arts Network & Clare Carswell, Artist & Art Curator

Ireland’s largest annual dementia event

  • Featuring expert speakers from Ireland and abroad
  • Showcasing best practice nationwide
  • Opportunity to network with 300+ peers
  • Large exhibition hall

Plenary & Parallel Sessions Day 1

Interactive workshops and masterclasses Day 2


Academic partner


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Conference Advisory Panel



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