The Board of Dementia Alliance International wishes our members and supporters a happy and safe festive season, and we very much look forward to seeing you online or in person somewhere in 2016.
It is the festive season for many, and we take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful time with your families and friends, and hope you stay safe.
It is worth remembering, it is not always a joyous time for everyone, so be kind and gentle on yourselves, and with each other.
Our blog today also follows the email we sent inviting you to attend the Webinar, A Meeting of The Minds – Living with dementia: new perspectives – with Dr Al Power in January 2016.
You can register for it here…
Two weeks before the event with Dr Power, we will celebrate our 2nd birthday with an online global celebration, and you will receive an Zoom meeting link early in the New Year.
Keep the date free: Wednesday January 13 / Thursday January 14, 2016 (USA/AU)
It will be a fun and exciting time, and we have much to celebrate. Perhaps the best thing to celebrate is the fact we are growing from strength to strength, with membership, and a louder global voice.
There were (perhaps still are) many doubters that people with dementia could set up and run their own group, including providing FREE membership and FREE services top others with dementia, all done with very little funding. Be proud . We certainly are.
Wear a hat, make a cake, do what ever you feel will make it fun for you.
If you live in the same town or area as other members, get together on the day, and join in as a group. Join forces with other DAI members in person. Have fun, and keep making a difference to not only you down life, but to the lives of others.
We will introduce our new Board of Directors early in the new year, and look forward to a very exciting year for people with dementia globally as we move towards a world where there really is “Nothing about us, without us.”
There will be no Board meeting or Members Open meeting in January 2016, but instead a shared celebration and an opportunity to meet the new Board members. All formal meetings like this will resume in February.
Best wishes from the 2015 outgoing and 2016 incoming Board members of Dementia Alliance International.
Chair and Editor: Kate Swaffer
Wednesday December 9 (USA/UK)
Thursday December 10 (AU/NZ)
About our event: In England where there are over 60 towns and cities that are working towards becoming Dementia Friendly Communities, a large scale expert and public consensus process took place from 2014-2015 to define the common elements of what being “dementia-friendly” means. This process culminated in the publishing of the British Standard Code of Practice for the Recognition of Dementia-Friendly Communities in England developed by the British Standards Institute and the Alzheimer’s Society with funding from the Department of Health and launched in July 2015. The aim was that this code of practice would help to support existing communities and to inspire new communities. It provides recommendations on:
About our Speaker: Nicole Batsch has over 18 years experience in developing and supporting ageing and dementia care programmes across the US and globally. She is currently obtaining her PhD from King’s College London and is a consultant with Alzheimer’s Disease International. In this role, she co-authored the World Alzheimer’s Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia which included a global survey of stigmatising experiences of people with dementia and family caregivers and serves as an adviser to the World Health Organisation on a family caregiver education programme. In this session, Nicole will be discussing her involvement with the British Standards Institute and the Alzheimer’s Society in developing the British Standard Code of Practice for the Recognition of Dementia Friendly Communities in England.
Date: Wednesday December 9 / Thursday December 10, 2015
Speaker: Nicole Batsch, PhD candidate from Kings College, UK
Wednesday December 9 Start Time (USA/CA/UK/EU):
Thursday December 10 Start time (Australia/NZ/Japan/Indonesia):
The WEBINAR will run for 1.5 hours. To find out the start time in your city, click here…
Note: Attending our events supports everyone connected to dementia, whether the person diagnosed, our care partners, or the professionals and research community who work to suppport us and improve our lives.
We have needed to start to charge a fee for those who are working in the sector. You will be able to claim the cost of the tickets as a tax deduction. The fee for this service supports your education, and also supports our work which directly supports people with dementia.
Certificates of Attendance are available for professionals and students. If you need a certificate of attendance, please email us at [email protected]
People with dementia, and their care partners, are usually no longer in paid employment, and therefore tickets remain FREE.
Donations are always appreciated.