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Lifelong Learning

Understanding Dementia Study Day Event

Understanding Dementia
Time:
10:00 - 16:00
Date:
2 December 2017
Venue:
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Lifelong Learning at lifelonglearning@southampton.ac.uk .

Event details

Dementia is a progressive condition affecting over 47 million people around the world, with nearly 10 million new cases yearly (World Health Organisation 2017).

Conversely, dementia is an umbrella term, of various diseases the most known types are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy Body dementia. It affects the person’s activity of daily living, reasoning, thinking and learning, and there is no known cure.

The aim of the study day is to provide attendees, with an overview of dementia and to help gain an understanding of the changes and processes that occur within the brain, as well as, symptoms and ways to better support and understand the person living with dementia. This will be achieved through short lectures, interactive activities, audio-visual clips and discussion of case studies. Following completion of this workshop, attendees will have acquired a good understanding of dementia, its pathophysiology, presentation, progress and effects. However, attendees will be equipped with the knowledge to better understand and support person living with dementia, but not providing diagnosis and/or professional treatment.

Proposed programme

Time 
09:30 Registration
10:00 Introduction
10:30 Dementia: the brain
Introduction to the Nervous System
Pathophysiology: what changes in the brain of a person living with dementia?
Overview of risk factors
11:30 Break
11:45 Dementia: the disease
Diagnosis: assessments and challenges
Progression and stages
Medical management: outline of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Dementia: the person
Living with dementia - the person: promoting independence, managing risk and encouraging reminiscence
Living with dementia - the carer: advice, support and decisions
Impact on relationships
15:00 Break
15:15 Case study
Reflection
Questions and answers
16:00 Event end
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