Following on from our Annual Conference we are holding a series of workshops, webinars and drop-in sessions between Wednesday 22 - Friday 24 September. Details of these sessions are below. All sessions are live and will be held via Microsoft Teams, with the exception of 'Considerate Design' which will be a live stream. 

Please note that registration for the follow on sessions is now closed however you can email us at [email protected] for a meeting link for the sessions. 

Wednesday 22 September

Ten years of the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre: past, present, and future


Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre (ASDRC) is in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and provides a high quality environment for dementia research. This session will showcase the ASDRC's ongoing work and celebrate the success of the past ten years. Introduced and chaired by the Centre's Director Dr Tom Russ, this session will bring together many researchers currently working with the Centre who will each give a short presentation of their projects, followed by a Q&A. 

'Getting to Know Me' made easy


Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultant, Sandra Shields and Alzheimer Scotland Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gillian Coghill will be talking about the ‘Getting to Know Me’ form which aims to give hospital staff a better understanding of patients with dementia who are admitted either for planned treatment, such as an operation, or in an emergency. This session is aimed at people with dementia, families and carers as well as health and social care professionals who are interested in learning more about the form. If you want to take part in this interactive session, you can download a copy of the Getting to Know Me Form here.   


Wednesday cont

Considerate Design


Broadcasting live from our Virtual Resource Centre, Alzheimer Scotland's Deputy Director for Development, Joyce Gray, Product Designer Tommy Petillo and Senior Interior Designer, Lynsey Hutchison will take you through some key design features that were incorporated into our Dementia Resource Centers, how our users are the key influencers in considering our spaces, transitioning to a new design scheme for future developments and the emergence of our virtual design. 

Applying a Trauma Informed Approach to Helpline Practice


Over the past 18 months Alzheimer Scotland’s 24-hr Dementia Helpline has seen a dramatic rise in the level of distress experienced by our callers. This session will explore why a Trauma Informed Approach became so relevant and how we co-created a bespoke training session to equip our Helpline with the tools necessary to become Trauma Informed. This session is for anyone who wants to learn more about this innovative approach and how this is improving our Helpline practice and the service we provide to our callers.    

Thursday 23 September

Dementia Champions Programme: Involving people affected by dementia in dementia education


The Dementia Champions Programme has been run in partnership between University of West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland for the past 10 years and focuses on: improving the care, experience and outcomes for people living with dementia and their families in general hospitals, appropriate discharge and alternatives to hospital care. In this interactive session, you will hear about how people affected by dementia have been part of the education team for the National Dementia Champions education programme for hospital staff.  You will also have the opportunity to communicate your 'one wee thing' that hospitals staff could do to improve the care experience of people affected by dementia who are in hospital care to current participants of the programme. 


Focus on Dementia: Supporting improvements to person-centred planning


In this session, the Focus on Dementia team within the ihub at Healthcare Improvement Scotland will showcase the improvements they are supporting within their current programmes of work - Post-Diagnostic support, Care coordination and Hospitals.  The team will describe how these programmes are supporting improvements to person-centred planning with opportunities to ask questions around each area of work. 

The presenters are, Michelle Miller, Portfolio Lead, Julie Miller, Improvement Advisor, Lynn Flannigan, Senior Improvement Advisor and Marie Innes, Senior Improvement Advisor. The biographies for the presenters can be seen here 

This session will be of interest to anyone who is looking to know more about the work of Focus on Dementia. Further details about the current programmes of work can be found on their webpage and if you have any questions about the session you can contact the team directly [email protected]



Thurs cont

Brain Health on your Doorstep


Brain Health Scotland's Project and Communications Lead, Neil Fullerton will be hosting this interactive session looking at what resources people would like to be able to access in terms of information, assessment and advice around risk reduction. We want to hear what types of things people would like to be able to access relating to brain health in a resource centre or online. This session is open to all but we would be really interested to hear from people who have a family history of dementia, 



Connecting you to support


Led by Allied Health Professionals, this interactive and practical workshop is looking to connect with people living with dementia and people supporting a person with dementia. We will be sharing ideas and tips with you on a range of topics including activities at home, eating well, communication, foot care at home, falls prevention and enabling everyday environments. All developed by a range of Allied Health Professionals including dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and speech and language therapists. If you cannot join on the day but have a question on one of the themes you can email [email protected]

Friday 24 September

Brodies LLP 'Ask the Expert' advice clinic


This is your chance to ask a specialist from Brodies LLP your practical legal questions on Power of Attorney and guardianship. Have a question you'd like to submit in advance? Email [email protected].

Become a Dementia Friend and help build a Dementia Friendly Scotland


Hosted by Dementia Friendly Scotland Lead Anne McWhinnie. Join us for a 1 hour virtual interactive session and learn a bit more about dementia. From the different types of dementia, how dementia can affect a person, to understanding how memories work. We’ll discuss how the environment can impact an individual and the small changes that can be made to have a positive impact on the person. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in your community and you will receive a Dementia Friends Scotland badge through the post on completion. 

Friday cont

What is Post Diagnostic Support and how Alzheimer Scotland deliver it


This is an opportunity to hear more about the high quality, person centred Post Diagnostic Support (PDS) offered and delivered by Alzheimer Scotland's Link Workers. Join the session to hear first hand from experienced Alzheimer Scotland Link Workers on how they deliver PDS using the evidenced based 5 Pillar Model. This model was researched and developed through Alzheimer Scotland in partnership with people with dementia and their families and carers, this support is critical for all people newly diagnosed - and is an entitlement for a minimum of 1 year.