Dementia Conference 2016

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Today is the Alzheimer Scotland conference in Edinburgh and Yvonne Manson dementia development lead and Suzi Baxter dementia ambassador and nurse at Antiquary care home are attending, here’s what they have to say:

Suzi Baxter – Mental health Nurse – Dementia Ambassador – Antiquary

“I feel very privileged to have been invited by Balhousie Care to attend the Alzheimer's Scotland Annual Conference 2016. I am very much looking forward to networking and sharing knowledge with delegates such as People living with dementia & their carers, policy makers, government staff, health professionals, Alzheimers & Dementia Associations along with representatives from the pharmaceutical industry as well as legal, property & technology sectors.

The programme looks innovative with national & international speakers. Overall this is a wonderful opportunity to learn & take this learning back to TEAM ANTIQUARY & share this with Balhousie Ambassadors & in turn improve the care that we deliver to our residents.”

Yvonne Manson – Dementia development lead – Dementia ambassador

“I really enjoy the Alzheimer Scotland conference and this year, like every year, there is a great range of speakers. I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Kate Swaffer who recently released a book ‘What the hell happened to my brain?’ talking about her life with dementia. The book is thought provoking and for me it is all the stories from people with dementia and carers that really drive home the reality of dementia and each story and view is very different.

It is important to me that we look at the person rather than the illness and listen to what people are saying and make sure that people with dementia always have a voice.

The stalls at the conference are always packed with latest policies and technology and it is always a busy but fun day. As well as the knowledge and learning I gain at the conference, I enjoy the networking and I love to talk and meet new people as well as catch up with people. Sharing knowledge and best practice is something that is always encouraged at Balhousie Care and I look forward to sharing what I learn at the event particularly with our excellent dementia ambassadors across the group.

Who knows something I take back from the conference may spark an idea from one of our ambassadors that starts a whole new project in one of our homes, such is the vast amount of information that is available at the event.”