Alzheimer Scotland's Annual Conference will take place on World Alzheimer's Day - Tuesday 21 September 2021. The event is being held digitally and will be streamed via the EICC. You can register for a place here - please note that this year we have taken the decision to waive the fee. Sessions will be recorded for access post-event. We will also be holding a series of workshops, webinars and drop in sessions between Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 September. Full details of these can be found here


Conference Programme

Conference Programme 

The theme of this year's conference is 'Moving forward together - what matters to people with dementia, families, carers and practitioners, now and in the future'.

The day will include a keynote presentation from our Chief Executive Henry Simmons, contributions from people with lived experience on what matters to them, followed by a panel discussion with the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP and Scotland's National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch. You will also hear presentations on drug discovery & research and brain health & prevention. We look forward to the formal launch of the UK's first Virtual Resource Centre.

  • 9.15am What matters - a story
  • 9.30am Keynote speech, Henry Simmons, Chief Executive
  • 10.00am Scotland's Dementia Awards
  • 10.50am Comfort break
  • 11.00am What Matters to You? Panel session with Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Kevin Stewart MSP and Scotland's National Clinical Director, Professor Jason Leitch
  • 12.30pm Lunch break
  • 1.15pm Doggy Bingo 
  • 1.30pm Treating dementia, what's next and how do we get there? 
  • 2.30pm Comfort break
  • 2.40pm Launch of the UK's first Virtual Resource Centre 
  • 3.00pm The Scottish Model for Brain Health 
  • 4.00pm Closing remarks and thank you

What Matters to You

What Matters to You?

We published our Hidden Impact report (initially in November 2020, then republished in June 2021). A summary of the key themes are below. 

If you are a person with dementia, family member, carer or practitioner and have direct experience of one or more of the themes, we would like to hear from you.

  • Being diagnosed during the pandemic or trying to access a diagnosis.
  • Living in a care home or having a relative living in a care home during the pandemic.
  • Experiences around paying for care or accessing financial support.
  • We know the pandemic caused disruption to the lives of people with dementia, families and carers. What impact did it have on you? How did that make you feel? 
  • Experiences of being a health and social care practitioner during the pandemic.

As part of this year's event we will be joined by the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care Kevin Stewart MSP, and Scotland's National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch. This is an opportunity for the Minister and Professor Leitch to hear from you about what matters now and in the future.