Cymru Conference 2022 - Dementia diagnosis - enable not label

The Alzheimer's Society Cymru Conference took place on 7 June 2022. Together we will examine how a diagnosis of dementia should not define someone, but instead empower them to take control of their lives.

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Event information

Alzheimer’s Society Cymru held an in-person conference on 7 June 2022 at Ramada Plaza, Wrexham. 

The event was highly interactive with a focus on roundtable discussion. We discussed the importance of a timely and accurate diagnosis in the dementia journey, how to support diverse communities more effectively and how we can consider rurality and Welsh language, building on our work at the 2021 virtual conference.

Who should attend?

  • Health and social care professionals 

  • GPs, Practice Managers and Practice Nurses 

  • People affected by dementia 

  • Carers and people living with dementia 

09:30   Coffee and registration       

10:00   Welcome and introduction


Sue Phelps, Country Director - Wales, Alzheimer's Society Cymru

Andrew Paul (Andy), living with dementia

10:30   Lived experience panel       


Andrew Paul (Andy), living with dementia

Kevin Jones, carer

Marilyn Jones, carer

11:00   Break 

11:15   Presentation 1: ‘Importance of a timely and accurate diagnosis’     


Dr Rui Zheng, Clinical Psychologist, Aneurin Bevan UHB

Dr Brian Huey, Consultant Radiologist, Aneurin Bevan UHB

11:45   5 min transition period          

11:50   Roundtable discussion       

12:20   Dementia Support    


Michele Richardson, Dementia Connect Local Services Manager, Alzheimer's Society

12:30   Close morning session       


Sue Phelps, Country Director - Wales, Alzheimer's Society Cymru

12:35   Lunch  

13:35   Welcome back          


Sue Phelps, Country Director - Wales, Alzheimer's Society Cymru

13:45   Presentation 2: ‘Taking into account rurality and Welsh language’      


Jen Roberts, Research Officer, Bangor University

Professor Gill Windle, Bangor University

14:15   5 min transition period          

14:20   Roundtable discussion       

14:50   Break      

15:05   Presentation 3: ‘Supporting diverse communities more effectively’     


Trish Caverly, Community Development Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Society

Kielan Arblaster, Senior Policy Officer, Alzheimer's Society (by video)

15:35   5 min transition period          

15:40   Roundtable discussion       

16:10   Round-up and thanks          


Sue Phelps, Country Director - Wales, Alzheimer's Society Cymru

Andrew Paul (Andy), living with dementia

16:20   Close 

What is your covid policy?

We recognise the challenges we continue to face during the current global pandemic.

We will be holding this conference in person, however we will be working in line with the government guidance.

What is the address?

Ramada Plaza Wrexham

Ellice Way


Telephone: +44 (0)1978 291 400

Can I expense my travel?

The conference itself is free of charge, however we regret that we are unable to cover any travel expenses.

Is lunch included?

Yes, lunch and refreshments will be served at the appropriate times. You will be asked for any dietary requirements when you register for the conference.

I have accessibility requirements, can you help?

Please ensure you indicate your requirements when registering for the event and we will accommodate these on the day.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

The dress code for the conference will be smart/casual.

What are the start and finish times of the event?

The event conference will start at 10:00 am with a 09:30 arrival with refreshments. The event will then finish at 4:30pm.

Will I be able to get a copy of presentations?

We will aim to get a copy of presentations from each speaker to be available after the event. This will be at the discretion of the speaker, therefore we cannot guarantee that all will be available.

Any questions about the conference please email [email protected]