Topic: Dementia Research: Everyone’s Business
Speaker: Professor Debbie Tolson
Date: 6th October 2021 Time: 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Online Event
Registration Info: This is an Online Event. Please register here to get access to the link.
Dementia touches all of our lives. It is one of the most feared conditions associated with ageing, giving rise to disease burden and everyday challenges in living. Over 50 million people globally have some form of dementia, predicted to increase to 82 million by 2030. But not all who have dementia are old, in the UK, of the 850,000 people living with dementia, 40,000 are diagnosed under the age of 65 years. In the early stages of illness, people with dementia can live relatively well and independent lives. As dementia progresses and both brain and bodily health deteriorate the complexity of symptoms increase as does dependency.
At the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP), we believe that people with dementia and family carers deserve the best possible care and support. We invite you to join with us in making the world a better place for people affected by dementia, through pioneering new approaches and innovations to help people to live the best life possible. If you feel your research and enterprise expertise and interests could potentially contribute to developing interdisciplinary collaborations that would support people affected by dementia to live the best life possible, or you just want to know more, this talk is for you.
Following a scene setting introduction about dementia and dementia care, we will highlight the key messages for academics and business within Scotland’s first national Brain Health and Dementia Research Strategy (launched in July). Innovative current project examples, presented by Dr Louise Ritchie and Dr Rhoda Macrae will help you to see how your ideas can be developed with and for people affected by dementia.
Professor Debbie Tolson is an Alzheimer Scotland Professor of Dementia and Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice in the University of the West of Scotland. Professor Tolson has an international reputation as a nurse leader, educator and applied researcher. She joined UWS in 2013 as the inaugural Director of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice. A Fellow of Royal College Nursing, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and recipient of personal and team awards for dementia education, research and innovation. The most recent being a prestigious Advance HE (UK) CATE2020 (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) for Class in a Bag: Understanding Dementia.