Old friends and new ideas prove a winning combination for Alzheimer Scotland

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Alzheimer Scotland-Care Industry News (250 x 166)Alzheimer Scotland will end Dementia Awareness Week on a high note, with three thrilling features at its Innovation, Research and Technology in Dementia conference in the Crowne Plaza hotel, Glasgow on Friday 6 June.

As well as showcasing the latest in dementia technology and research, the event will also launch Dementia Friends in Scotland and announce the winner of the Next Big Idea funding competition.

Alzheimer Scotland launched the Next Big Idea competition in spring 2014 and received entries from individuals, groups, students, public and independent sectors. This was narrowed to just three shortlisted finalists:

  • DEEP connections – helping people with dementia engage with mobile and touchscreen technology
  • Memory Match – using games as intergenerational reminiscence tools
  • Your Virtual Garden – helping people with dementia engage with a local community garden via iPad, then helping them to participate in the garden online and in person.

The winner will be decided by audience vote at the conference and will receive funding from Alzheimer Scotland (up to £15,000) to develop their project.

Alzheimer Scotland are also delighted to announce that the Dementia Friends in Scotland programme will be launched at the end of Dementia Awareness Week. The Innovation, Research and Technology in Dementia conference will mark the roll out of this programme in Scotland, after great success in England and Wales.

“It’s all too easy for people with dementia to become isolated in their own communities. Losing confidence after diagnosis, coupled with family and friends finding it difficult to talk about the illness, can make people feel that they’re facing dementia alone. Dementia Friends will to help ensure that you don’t lose touch with your old friends after diagnosis and that services, businesses and communities across Scotland can become dementia-friendly.” Henry Simmons, Chief Executive of Alzheimer Scotland. 

To find out more and to sign up, visit the Dementia Friends in Scotland website.

The conference will feature the latest in dementia research, technology and innovation; including presentations from Playlist for Life, Dementia Dog, Prof Frank Gunn-Moore (University of St Andrews) and Yvonne van Amorengen (co-founder of De Hogeweyk, the world’s first dementia village). It will showcase groundbreaking achievements from across Scotland and beyond.

In addition, the conference will also see The Memory Box Network (a charity focused on digital technology) launch a new online system called “Our Big Box”. Developed using the principles of traditional reminiscence therapy, the ground-breaking digital platform allows for the collection and sharing of photographs and materials online to help facilitate meaningful connections between people with dementia, their families and care givers. http://www.memoryboxnetwork.org/

Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland runs from 2-8 June 2014. This year the theme is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ and there will be events happening all over Scotland to mark the week.

To find out more and to sign up, visit the Dementia Friends in Scotland website.

The conference will feature the latest in dementia research, technology and innovation; including presentations from Playlist for Life, Dementia Dog, Prof Frank Gunn-Moore (University of St Andrews) and Yvonne van Amorengen (co-founder of De Hogeweyk, the world’s first dementia village). It will showcase groundbreaking achievements from across Scotland and beyond.

In addition, the conference will also see The Memory Box Network (a charity focused on digital technology) launch a new online system called “Our Big Box”. Developed using the principles of traditional reminiscence therapy, the ground-breaking digital platform allows for the collection and sharing of photographs and materials online to help facilitate meaningful connections between people with dementia, their families and care givers. www.memoryboxnetwork.org

Dementia Awareness Week in Scotland is running this week from 2-8 June 2014. This year the theme is ‘Let’s talk about dementia’ and there will be events happening all over Scotland to mark the week.

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