About this event

  • Date and time Mon 22 Oct 2018 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

Dementia is a common, chronic, irreversible condition that predominantly affects older people, interfering 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. 

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.    

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


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Registration, tea and coffee
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

The many faces of dementia

Professor Ronald Hamdy

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

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

Reframing dementia care in hospitals

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

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
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

Dementia, loneliness, depression and suicide

Professor Jill Manthorpe, King's College London

Dedicated dementia clinics and telecare clinics

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

Panel discussion
Screening for dementia: Preventing cognitive decline

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

Care management supporting families affected by dementia

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

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

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
The impact of spirituality and religion on the care of patients with dementia

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

Panel discussion
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom