DAI “Meeting Of The Minds” Webinars & Events

In DAI’s “A Meeting of the Minds” monthly Webinar series, we feature people who have unique perspectives on dementia and who challenge the status quo; our speakers are always highly regarded international academics, clinicians, service providers or keynote speakers.

In December, we  host two celebration events, rather than having an educational speaker, and in January, our Cafe Le Brain is usually the celebration of DAI’s ‘Birthday’, although we always aim to have a Webinar in January as well.

Monthly webinars focus on a variety of topics, and provide an opportunity for people with dementia to connect with the wider community of those living with the disease or working in the area of dementia, and vice versa.  To participate, you need only an Internet connection; a webcam and microphone will ensure a fuller experience.

Join us soon for our February 2020 “A Meeting Of The Minds Webinar”

Clowning as a medium of promoting the communication and wellbeing of adults living with cognitive impairments

Presented by Professor Lenisa Brandão, on

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU)
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN)

Please note: this is one event, in a number of time zones.

About the Webinar: In this session, Professor Brandão will talk about her journey as a Speech-Language Therapist in becoming a clown facilitator for promoting communication and wellbeing. She will tell the story of the clowning group of older adults living with aphasia with whom she works with in Brazil. Professor Brandão’s presentation will also explain the value of nonverbal communication. Additionally, she will outline the key elements that made her choose active clowning as a medium to promote the experience and expression of communicative empowerment. Finally, Lenisa will provide an overview of her professional plans in working with clowning and older adults who live with aphasia and/or dementia.

About Professor Lenisa Brandão: Speech Language Therapist, Doctor in Psychology, Posdoc in Cognitive Science and Psycholinguistics. Senior Atlantic Fellow at the Global Brain Health Institute. Herthesis was about how people living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) tell personal stories and how that relates with their cognitive abilities. Lenisa’s posdoc study was about how visual and verbal prompts can help people with AD maintain topic and express more ideas in conversations. Her recent work concentrates in the use of theatre and clowning as a medium of expression for people who survive stroke and live with aphasia.

Lenisa’s personal experience: her father lives with normal pressure hydrocephalia and her grandmother (a great story teller) had aphasia in the last years of her life.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (USA/CA/UK/EU):
  • 10:00 am  Honolulu
  • 12:00 pm  Pacific
  • 1:00 pm    Mountain
  • 2:00 pm    Central
  • 3:000 pm  Eastern
  • 5:00 pm    Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 8:00 pm    London/Glasgow/Dublin UK
  • 9:30 pm    Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, EU
Thursday, February 27, 2020 (AU/NZ/JP/SGP/TWN/CHN):
  • 6:00 am    Brisbane, AU
  • 6:30 am    Adelaide AU
  • 7:00 am    Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Tasmania AU
  • 4:00 am    Perth AU/Taipei//Beijing
  • 9:00 am    Auckland, NZ

The Webinar runs for 1.5 hours.  

Check your time if not listed above with this link. 

Register here…


  • DAI Members/Care partners: FREE
  • Support people with dementia to attend ADI2020: $50.00 USD
  • Employed persons: DONATIONS APPRECIATED

Donations are appreciated.



  • $US 5.00 covers the average cost of one of our monthly bank fees
  • $US 60.00 covers the average of the cost of our monthly Zoom subscription fee
  • $US 120.00 covers the average monthly cost of the MailChimp subscription
  • $US 300.00 covers the current cost of 3 months of website management fees

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Please note: Whilst we usually publish the recording of the event on YouTube afterwards, it does not include the Q & A sessions, and occasionally, we do not publicly publish recordings of your online Webinars at all, so if you don’t register to attend, you may miss seeing our events.

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