New perspectives on dementia: Treatment, behaviour and care


Monday 22 October 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Geriatrics & Gerontology Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

Dementia is a common, chronic, irreversible condition that predominantly affects older people, intefering with the patient’s cognitive functions, social interactions and behaviour.

Although our understanding of its basic pathophysiology has significantly increased over the past few years, dementia remains essentially incurable. It is not rapidly fatal and many patients survive several years after the diagnosis is made. During this time the patients’ cognitive functions slowly deteriorate and the patient becomes difficult to manage.

In the absence of effective medication to treat dementia, relatives and caregivers have to adjust and be prepared to meet an increasing burden of care for the patient. With no option but to witness the gradual deterioration of their loved one, this exerts a tremendous psycho-social, as well as economic burden on the patient, relatives, caregivers and the community. 

Key speakers

  • Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care Services, HC-One @ProfGStokes
  • Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Evaluation, Dementia UK @DementiaUK

topics include:

  • An update on the progress made in understanding the patho-physiology of dementia
  • Help health care professionals appreciate the extent relatives’ and caregivers’ religiosity and spirituality can help them cope providing care to patients with dementia
  • Provide information about resources available in the community such as those of the Alzheimer’s Association

Who will benefit from this event? 

This event is perfect for clinicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals providing care to patients with dementia, and administrators of nursing homes and similar institutions where patients with dementia are admitted.

Relatives of patients with dementia will also find the academic programme useful; to better understand and appreciate the impact of the dementia on their loved ones’ impaired cognitive functions and aberrant behaviour. This understanding will provide caregivers the means of avoiding some aberrant behaviours.    

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8.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

8.50 am

Introduction and welcome

Professor Ronald Hamdy, President, Geriatric & Gerontology Section, The Royal Society of Medicine

Chair: Professor Ronald Hamdy, President, Geriatric & Gerontology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

9.00 am

The many faces of dementia

Professor Ronald Hamdy

9.30 am

Pharmacologic management of dementia: Medication to discontinue and medication to prescribe

Professor Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University College London

10.00 am

Reframing dementia Care in hospitals

Ms Jo James, Lead Nurse, Dementia, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

10.30 am

Panel discussion

10.50 am

Tea and coffee break

11.10 am

Is managing their behaviour or responding to the needs of patients with dementia the best way to intervene?

Professor Graham Stokes, Director of Memory Care Services, HC-One

11.40 am

Dementia, loneliness, depression and suicide

Professor Jill Manthorpe, King's College London

12.10 pm

Dedicated dementia clinics and telecare clinics

Dr Kevin Doughty, Visiting Professor in Digital Transformation of Care Services, University of Cumbria

12.40 pm

Panel discussion

1.00 pm


2.00 pm

Screening for dementia: Preventing cognitive decline

Dr Stephen Orleans-Foli, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

2.30 pm

Care management supporting families affected by dementia

Dr Karen Harrison Dening, Head of Research and Publications, Dementia UK (Admiral Nursing)

3.00 pm

Pain and distress in people with dementia towards the end of life: Challenges and potential solutions

Dr Nathan Davies, Senior Research Fellow, University College London and Dr Liz Sampson, Clinical Reader, University College London and North Middlesex University Hospital

3.30 pm

Panel discussion

3.50 pm

Tea and coffee break

4.10 pm

The impact of spirituality and religion on the care of patients with dementia

Mr Conrad C. Daly and Reverend Canon Alistair Macdonald-Radcliff

4.40 pm

Panel discussion

5.00 pm

Close of meeting

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