We hear how 70 researchers and people affected by dementia came together to learn from one another at a very special event in York.
Taking place on 14 March, the day was organised by Research Network Volunteers Wendy Mitchell, Barbara Woodward-Carlton and Sandra Barker.
Alzheimer’s Society staff Matt Murray, Jamie Tulloch and Aoife Kiely supported the preparations and came along to help out on the day.
Barbara Woodward-Carlton began the day by reminding us all why we were there. She told us about the history of Alzheimer’s Society and the Research Network, and of the importance of research.
Wendy Mitchell then introduced York’s Minds and Voices, a group of people living with dementia. They told us about their experiences with dementia and explained why research and raising awareness is important to them. They told us how they support people with a new diagnosis of dementia through - the York Minds and Voices Dementia Course.
The researchers from the doctoral training centres of Bradford and Newcastle gave talks about their work and moved from table to table discussing their work with the group.
The day finished with time for questions and conversation about research and issues in dementia care. Alzheimer’s Society, by bringing our researchers together with people affected by dementia, will work hard to keep this dialogue going.