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The For Later Life Conference took place on 18 November 2015.

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Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:35 - 09:40
Chair's welcome

Lynn Faulds Wood, Broadcaster and Journalist

09:40 - 09:55
Opening speech

Tom Wright CBE DL, Group Chief Executive, Age UK

09:55 - 10:20
Morning keynote
Hope & Despair in Dementia: Choosing to Make a Difference

Dr John Zeisel, President and co-founder of Hearthstone Alzheimer Care (USA)

10:20- 11:00
Age UK's dementia pilots 

Meeting gaps in care and support for older people living with dementia

  • Pam Creaven, Services and Partnership Affairs Director, Age UK
  • Nick Maslen, Chief Executive, Age UK South Staffordshire
  • Corinne Bailey, Development Manager, Age UK Exeter

11:00- 11:20

Refreshment break and exhibition
11:20 - 12:05
Parallel sessions 1
1. Cognitive Vulnerability and resilience in later life
  • Chair: Lynn Faulds Wood, Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Professor Ian Deary, Director of the MRC Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Ann Hoskins, Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England 
2. Brain ageing and dementia: is it all gloom and doom?
  • Chair: Chris Roles, Managing Director, Age International
  • Professor Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Medicine, Centre of Healthy Ageing, University of Copenhagen
  • Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy, AARP
3. Keeping active with dementia
  • Chair: Steve Hampson, Head of Innovation and Programmes, Age UK
  • Neil Mapes, Managing Director, Dementia Adventure
4. Dementia friends and creating Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Chair: Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
  • Nikki Crowther, Head of Community Engagement, Alzheimer's Society
  • Dr Nori Graham, Dementia Friends Champion, Alzheimer's Society
12:10 - 13:00 
 Parallel sessions 2
5. Personalised integrated care
  • Chair: Jo Holmes, Head of Integrated Care, Age UK
  • Nikki Hislop, Age UK Programme Manager, NHS Guildford and Waverly CCG
  • Di Cheeseman, Community Support and Development Manager, Age UK Surrey
  • Jo Cooling, Personal Independence Coordinator, Age UK Surrey
6. Preventing scams, abuse and fraud
  • Chair: Jane Vass OBE, Head of Policy, Age UK
  • Louise Baxter, National Scams Team Manager, Trading Standards
  • Elaine Draper, Director of Accessibility and Inclusion, Barclays
7. The arts: case studies in dementia care
  • Chair: Paul Cann, Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire
  • Professor Philip Davis, Editor, The Reader Organisation
  • Sandi Rickerby, Coordinator of the Silver Research Project, Sage Gateshead
  • Dawn Williams, Health and Social Care Leader, Sage Gateshead
  • Wendy Gallagher, Arts for Health Partnership Manager, Whitworth Art Gallery
8. Women and dementia – a marginalised majority?
  • Chair: Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director, Age UK
  • Hilary Evans, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society
  • Margaret Dangoor, Ambassador, Carers UK
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and exhibition
14:00 - 14:25
Afternoon keynote
The ABC of dementia: challenges and opportunities for the NHS

Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Mental Health in Older People and Dementia, NHS England

14:25 - 14:45
'You can make a difference'

Tommy Whitelaw, Project Engagement Lead Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland

14:45 - 15:10 
Refreshment break and exhibition
15:10 - 16:00 
Parallel sessions 3
9. How to make your services accessible to people with dementia
  • Chair: Lynn Faulds Wood, Broadcaster and Journalist
  • Steve Milton, Director, Innovations in Dementia
10. Nutrition and dementia
  • Chair: Nick Maslen, Chief Executive, Age UK South Staffordshire
  • Lesley Carter, Malnutrition Task Force Programme Manager, Age UK
  • Gwen Coleman, Consultant Trainer, Dementia Care Matters
  • Lee Sheppard, Director of Public Policy and External Affairs, Apetito
11. Exploring the links between loneliness and dementia
  • Chair: Liam Condron, Chief Executive, Age UK Northamptonshire
  • Toby Williamson, Head of Development and Later Life, Mental Health Foundation
  • Dr Aparna Shankar, Senior Research Associate, University College London
12. Dignity in care for people with dementia
  • Chair: Jonny Whitehead, Head of Development and Support, Age UK
  • Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead for Care of Older People, Royal College of Nursing
  • Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa Care Services UK
  • Sarah Reed, Age UK Expert by Experience
Conference ends

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