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World Dementia Council issues new global dialogue on advances in dementia care

On 5 February 2021 a number of IPA leaders participated in the World Dementia Council's Global Dialogue on Advances in Dementia Care. Among these were dialogue participants IPA President Dr. Bill Reichman and past IPA Secretary Prof. Huali Wang as well as Immediate Past President Dr. Mary Sano as a presenter.

The Agenda and Participant list, meeting Transcript and a Collection of Essays from the meeting can all be found on the WDC website.

Three themes were covered in the meeting including:

  1. Models of care
  2. Burden of caregivers
  3. Art and music in dementia

Co-chaired by Mr. Paul Hogan, Chairman of Home Instead® and Professor Brian Lawlor, Executive Director of the Global Brain Health Institute, the meeting began with four presentations:

  1. Professor Louise Robinson- 21st Century Dementia Care... liberte, egalite, fraternite
  2. Dr. Mary Sano- Technologies to Support Caregiving: Challenges and Opportunities
  3. Dr Samir Sinha- Caring for Canadian Caregivers
  4. Professor Felicity Baker- Music Therapy in Brief

Finally, following the meeting, a collection of essays was produced including

  • Why care, caring and caregivers really matter - Professor Brian Lawlor
  • Are informal carers the foot soldiers of dementia-friendly societies? - Stecy Yghemonos
  • Providing optimal support to caregivers - Sheung-Tak Cheng
  • Reflections on the use of technology to support those with lived experiences of dementia - Professor Anthea Innes
  • The devastating impact of Covid-19 on people with dementia in care homes: A stress test that high income countries failed - Professor Sube Banerjee
  • The current status of dementia care in India - Professor Mathew Varghese
  • Dementia care: A view from Chile - Octavio Vergara Andueza

You can learn more about the World Dementia Council at their website, including upcoming projects and their latest publications.


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