DAI Webinars

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, most often speakers who are highly regarded eminent international academics, clinicians and well regarded speakers.

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.  To participate, you need only an Internet connection, while a webcam and microphone will ensure a fuller experience.

DAI’s “A Meeting of The Minds” Webinar

Register here for the June Webinar…

  • June 21, 2017 – 3.30 PM (EST) New York USA
  • June 22, 2017 – 7.00 AM Sydney (AEDT)  Australia

Please note: This event is set in a number of time zones, and has been set up using Adelaide, AU – but it is one event for everyone, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 (USA/UK/EU) and Thursday, June 22, 2017 (AU/NZ).

About Cassandra: Professor Cassandra Szoeke is the Director of the Healthy Ageing Program, University of Melbourne, and Institute for Health and Ageing.  A clinical researcher for over a decade, she has over 200 publications and is a reviewer for national and international journals and funding bodies. She has received numerous national and international awards for her research work. Prof Szoeke is a practicing physician in internal medicine with subspecialisation in neurology. In addition to her medical qualifications, she has an honours degree in Genetics and Pharmacology, a PhD in Epidemiology and Ageing, with postdoctoral studies in Public Health and Policy.

About the Webinar:  Our population is ageing, and with this comes an increase in the incidence of dementia. Dementia is a growing cause of death and disability worldwide, with the prevalence of dementia approximately doubling every 5 years after age 60. However women, whether caring for someone with dementia or living with dementia themselves, are disproportionally affected.

Women as carers for those with dementia: Women are 60 -70% of the caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), yet receive less caregiving support from family and friends compared with men caring for someone living with AD. Being a caregiver can have negative implications for the carer’s physical and mental health, and their employment.

Women living with dementia: The majority of Australians aged over 85 – almost 70% – are women. Compared to men of the same age, women are twice as likely to develop dementia. Women over 80 years of age are 4 times more likely to develop AD. Women also have more severe disease and rapid decline than age-matched men. Despite this, women are often excluded from medical research, and there is no report on Women and Dementia in Australia.

Is there any evidence for the gender differences in dementia? Yes – there are differences in brain structure between women and men. The structural changes in the brain caused by dementia differ between men and women, as do the different forms of behavioural changes associated with the disease. The different hormonal physiology, and sex-specific hormones are known to have effects on the brain. As women are different from men, biologically and socially, this affects disease risk, disease, and treatment. The timing of risk modifications and interventions is also crucial. Many previous studies have only included participants ages 65 and over – we need longitudinal studies from midlife to identify which risk factors are most important in maintaining memory in later life. Results from the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project suggested that physical activity, hypertension control, and achieving optimal levels of HDL cholesterol could maintain later life verbal memory skills. While earlier modification of these is ideal, even modifications in later life can have a positive influence on memory. Further research into disease risk and prevention in women is vital.


Wednesday June 21, 2017, USA/CA/EU/UK
Start Time (USA/CA/UK/EU):

  • 2.00 p.m. Pacific Time (San Francisco);
  • 3.00 p.m. Mountain Time (Denver);
  • 4.00 pm Central Time (Chicago)
  • 5.00 p.m. Eastern Time (Washington DC, New York);
  • 2.00 p.m. Vancouver, Canada;
  • 11.00 a.m. in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 10.00 p.m. in the UK (apologies to our members in the UK and Scotland);
  • 11.00 p.m. in Amsterdam, Paris and Budapest (apologies to our members in Europe).

Thursday  June 22, 2017, 2017 AU/NZ/JPN
Start time (Australia/NZ/Japan/Indonesia)

  • 6.30 a.m. in Adelaide;
  • 7.00 a.m. in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne;
  • 5.00 a.m. in Perth;
  • 9.00 a.m. in Auckland, New Zealand;
  • 6.00 a.m. in Tokyo, Japan

The WEBINAR will run for approximately 1.25 hours

Open the link for detailed times and how to calculate the time where you live, if not listed above: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=DAI+June+2017+Webinar+%22Women+and+Dementia&iso=20170622T07&p1=240&ah=1&am=15

You will receive an email confirmation that contains login details and instructions on how to join the online Webinar. 


Some events are free, whilst for some events we charge a modest fee for anyone who is employed or self employed. DAI has to rely on an HONOUR registration system.

The VERY modest fee for this service supports your education, and also supports our work, which most importantly, directly enables people with dementia to live with a higher quality of life.

Register here…

Your donations are always appreciated and do make a difference:

  • $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

Option: Our event ticketer, Eventbrite, charges us a transaction fee to cover fees and other processing costs, to securely process your donation. Please consider adding an additional small amount to your donation so 100% of your donation amount goes to Dementia Alliance International.

Thank you.

Videos of Previous A Meeting of the Minds Webinars

Visit the DAI YouTube Channel here for some of the recordings of previous webinars.

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.

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