Abstract themes

Abstracts submissions are now closed. We welcomed both scientific and non-scientific abstract submissions that fell under the following key themes:

1. Supporting People Affected by Dementia and their Carers
2. Building a movement for change
3. Research to transform care and discover new treatments

Building on our call: Taking Action on Dementia at this year's conference, we want to drive more action and change, ensuring it's delivered. We will focus on how all our actions from a local to national level can help bring about change for people with dementia, their carers and families. We will achieve this by focusing on everything from collaborations with communities and organisations, to policies, and research. Dementia was put on the global stage at the UK-led G8 Dementia Summit in 2013. There is still much to do in the UK to improve the lives of those affected by dementia and reduce variation in terms of care, support and treatment, but there is much we can teach and also learn from others. Together we are changing the global landscape of dementia forever, and our conference unites those personally and professionally affected by dementia to focus on the latest progress we are making and the challenges for the future.

1. Supporting People Affected by Dementia and their Carers  

We can all make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. Our partners across health and social care, organisations and businesses have an essential role in supporting people affected by dementia and their carers. We want to celebrate the initiatives and innovations that are making a real difference. We welcome abstracts that will demonstrate how new ideas can transform the lives of people affected by dementia.

Topics of interest include:

• Initiatives focussed on provision of advice, including care planning, management and wellness support
• Innovation in community based programmes fostering inclusion and improved quality of life
• Local and affordable options for care and everyday support.
• Innovation and initiatives to develop new ambulant living options for people with dementia.

2. Building a movement for change

People affected by dementia want to be able to participate in society on their terms. They want choice and control over their lives. We welcome abstracts that will demonstrate the change we need to see to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and enabled to make that change happen:

Topics of interest include:

• Choice and control - rights and entitlements: access to care and support for people affected by dementia
• Evidence based programmes making a difference in the community
• Examples of organisations, big and small that have made significant changes to ensure they are dementia friendly.
• Examples of how individuals have been motivated to take social action and what is being done on the ground already that is delivering change

3. Research to transform care and discover new treatments

There is more research into dementia than ever before. Across the globe new preventions, treatments, advancing diagnosis are progressing towards improving the lives of people with dementia, carers and their families. Research provides the evidence on what works in care, management and support. We welcome abstracts from both Alzheimer’s Society funded researchers, and those funded by others, on results or exciting ongoing programmes.

Topics of interest include:

• Preclinical, translational and clinical research addressing mechanisms of disease, new treatments, preventions and biomarkers for diagnosis
• Risk reduction and prevention of dementia at both an individual and population level
• Psychosocial interventions and models of care and support, from immediate post-diagnosis to end-of-life.
• The real world implementation and impact of evidence-based interventions
• The value of partnership in research, either research working across national boundaries or between different stakeholders in research, including practitioners, public and people affected by dementia

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