10th World Alzheimer's Day lecture
Download lecture presentationHolistic care for older people in the acute care setting: What is best practice? (powerpoint)
World Alzheimer's DayWorld Alzheimer's Day is commemorated every year on 21 September when people from around the world come together to focus on raising awareness and the reality of life with dementia.
The theme for 2010 is, 'Dementia. It's time for action!' with a focus on the need for governments and the general public to take any action they can to raise awareness of dementia and improve service provision for people with dementia and their carers.
Holistic care for older people in the acute care setting: what is best practice?Professor Emma Reynish - Consultant physician in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, Honorary Professor in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling
Tuesday 21 September 2010, 6-8pm
Ghillie Dhu, Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
This lecture was organised by Alzheimer Scotland to mark World Alzheimer's Day, which falls on 21 September each year. This year the lecture was preceded by the official launch of a new training and awareness raising DVD, 'Through our eyes: a life with dementia' produced by the Scottish Dementia Working Group for health and social care professionals.
Our Annual Lecture this year was given by Professor Emma Reynish, a consultant physician in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, and Honorary Professor in Dementia Studies, University of Stirling. She returned to clinical medicine in Scotland in 2007 after working as a "practician hospitalier" in the Department of Geriatrics and Gerontology, University of Toulouse.
Her main research interest is the epidemiology and natural history of dementia. She led the prevalence group of the EUROCODE project, and co-ordinated the European Alzheimer’s Disease Consortium from 2001-2010. Her current research includes the study of the overlap of cognitive impairment and frailty in the older population.
High priorityIn the Scottish Government's recently published National Dementia Strategy, the importance of improving the general hospital response to dementia has been given high priority. This lecture defined the challenges that hospitals represent for patients with dementia and sought to identify a model of good practice for dementia care in the general hospital.
Contribution from Alzheimer Scotland
Noni Cobban, Convener of Alzheimer Scotland, spoke about the contribution that the charity is making from fundraised income to encourage improvements in this area through the appointment of specialist dementia nurses to three health boards each year for a period of three years, with the aim that these posts will be continued with health board funding.
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