International Conference on
Palliative Dementia Care, Belfast,
8th – 10th May 2019

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Conference Theme

The theme of the Conference “Marriage of Two Worlds: Bringing Palliative and Dementia Care together” will look at how Palliative and Dementia services can support each other in caring for patients with dementia and their carers.

International, National and Regional Speakers have been invited to discuss their current research and experiences of the subject. The topics will be based on the four main findings from Hospice Enabled Dementia Partnerships Evaluation:

Every year, approximately 15,000 people die in Northern Ireland. 1,400 of those deaths are directly attributed to dementia. Additionally, there are many other people excluded from this figure dying from other conditions, but who will have a dementia component to their care needs. Over the next 30 years, the number of people living – and dying – with dementia in Northern Ireland is expected to triple, rising from 19,000 to 60,000. This reflects the expected international trajectory, as the estimated worldwide population with dementia is set to increase from 50 million in 2018 to 152 million by 2050 (WHO).

Dementia is a progressive terminal illness. It is not a normal part of ageing and can affect anyone including, sadly, a number of adolescents. Yet the input of palliative specialists and the time, respect, and dignity healthcare providers emphasize in other terminal conditions is rarely afforded to people living with dementia, which is why this conference is so necessary.

1. Impact of Dementia:

Why is Palliative Care Important in Dementia Care.

What are the key factors in bringing the two worlds together and how leadership can shape services for future.

2. Value of Service:

Development of key services using innovative techniques to Holistically support  patients and carers of someone with Dementia.

3. Partnership Working:

Pathways of care, Role of Advanced Care Planning in Palliative Dementia Care, Communication – Who is key, Impact of a partnership response on patient care.

4. Information and learning:

Dementia Palliative care awareness and education, Pain Management in Palliative Dementia, End of Life Care in Dementia, Loss, Grief & Bereavement in Dementia.

Throughout the Conference the “Voice of Dementia” will be heard, with many sessions being Panel Discussions including persons with dementia or their carers. The conference environment will be “dementia friendly” with support staff available if required.