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23rd AE Conference: Living well in a dementia friendly society [23 AEC] [20124304] - Conference
General objectives

The Conference will organise an exchange of information and best practices on key aspects of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing in the fields of Integrated care, Prevention, Dementia friendly society and Innovative solutions.

The Conference is also in line with the areas singled out in the Commission Communication on a European initiative on Alzheimer`s disease for greater EU collaboration, namely 1. Acting early to diagnose dementia, 2. A shared European effort in research, 3. National solidarity and exchange of best care practices, 4. Respecting the rights of people with dementia.

In order to support the actions outlined in the Innovation Partnership and the Commission Communication, the 23rd AE Conference will focus on these four priorities and organise an exchange of information, experiences, projects and best practices in the following areas:
1. Integrated care (Post diagnostic support, care in the community, carer training, residential care), 2. Prevention (Preventing dementia, behavioural problems, carer burnout and hospitalisation), 3. Dementia friendly society (Dementia friendly communities, Dementia strategies, Perceptions and image of dementia, Ethical and legal aspects), 4. Innovative solutions (Assistive technologies, dementia and the arts, new psychosocial approaches, involvement of people with dementia).

In all areas, AE will identify keynote speakers to provide state of the art presentations on the current knowledge and understanding, whilst inviting presenters to submit abstracts on ongoing and recently finalised research, projects and experiences.

In addition, AE will collaborate with EU funded initiatives to share the progress and results of research initiatives of programmes and projects like the Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease, the Joint Action (ALCOVE-Alzheimer COoperation and Valuation in Europe), projects supported under the FP7 and AAL Programmes and by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (PharmaCog).

Expected achievements

In the past, AE conferences have attracted between 300 and 600 participants and AE expects between 300 and 400 participants for its 23rd AE Conference in Malta. Through its network of national Alzheimer associations, AE will disseminate information on its conference in all EU Member States. At its 21st conference in Warsaw for example, 23 out of 27 Member States of the European Union and a total of 40 countries were represented.

In order to encourage the participation of delegates from Eastern Europe, AE has introduced a reduced registration fee for participants from lower and middle-income countries as classified by the World Bank. For its 21st AE Conference in Warsaw, the early bird registration fees were EUR 200 for participants from high income countries and EUR 100 for participants from low and middle income countries. In addition, AE will investigate the possibility of waiving registration fees for representatives of some of its member organisations who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Although the conference language will be English, it is foreseen to organise parallel session and interactive workshops in Maltese to ensure that carers and professionals from Malta will be able to take an active part in the conference.

Finally, AE will collaborate with other European networks (European Memory Clinics Association, European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, European Federation of Neurological Societies, Interdem Network, European Alzheimer`s Disease Consortium, European Union Geriatric Medicine Society and International Association of Gerontology - European Union) to target participants for the conference.

Target audience

Due to the multi-disciplinary approach chosen for AE Conferences, the programme is targeted at different audiences. AE hopes to attract health care professionals, researchers, academics and people involved in Alzheimer associations, but also public health professionals, policy makers and people with dementia and their carers.

At the 21st Alzheimer Europe Conference in Warsaw , there were 472 participants which could be broken down as follows: 166 Alzheimer association staff and volunteers (including carers), 132 academics and researchers, 119 health and social care professionals, 30 industry representatives, 19 persons with dementia and 6 policy makers and civil servants.

Thanks to its extensive network of national member organisations and its collaboration with other professional organisations (European Memory Clinics Association, European Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the European Federation of Neurological Societies, the Interdem Network, the European Alzheimer`s Disease Consortium, the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society and the International Association of Gerontology - European Union), AE hopes to disseminate information on the conference to the different professional networks and nationalities.

A unique feature of AE Conferences is the involvement of people with dementia as speakers and participants and AE has created a special bursary system to encourage their participation. AE will waive the registration fees of all people with dementia registered via their national associations and cover the travel and accommodation costs for ten people with dementia to attend the conference (including those of their carer if necessary). At past conferences, AE was also able to provide free places to carers and people with dementia from the host country through support obtained from foundations and will seek this type of support also for its 23rd conference.

Conference programme

On the evening of the first day of the conference (Thursday), Alzheimer Europe will organise the opening ceremony followed by a welcome reception for participants. The conference will be opened by the chairs of Alzheimer Europe and the Malta Dementia Society. In addition, AE will invite representatives of the European Commission and the Maltese government to formally welcome the participants and present their respective priority programmes in the field of dementia. AE will also involve a person with dementia in the opening ceremony.

During the two conference days, there will be a total of four plenary sessions (Friday and Saturday from 9.00-10.30 and from 16.00-17.30). These will be dedicated to the following four subjects:
1. Integrated care (with presentations from the Joint Programming Initiative, the FP7 Programme and the Innovative Medicines Initiative),
2. Prevention (with presentations from the Joint Action work on care approaches and the Ambient Assisted Living activities in the field of dementia),
3. Dementia friendly society (with key presentations of Alzheimer Europe`s European Dementia Ethics Network and the Joint Action work on capacity assessment),
4. Innovative solutions (with presentations on the implementation and progress of selected national Alzheimer plans and strategies).

Additionally, the conference will break out into parallel sessions (Friday and Saturday from 11.00-12.30 and from 14.00-15.30) which will again be sub-divided into the four main subject areas. The programme will be chosen from amongst the successful abstracts which will have been submitted under the call for abstracts which will be published in January 2013. A draft call for abstracts foresees the following key topics:
1. Integrated care (Post diagnostic support, care in the community, carer training, residential care)
2. Prevention (Preventing dementia, behavioural problems, carer burnout and hospitalisation)
3. Dementia friendly society (dementia friendly communities, dementia strategies, perceptions and image of dementia, ethical and legal aspects)
4. Innovative solutions (assistive technologies, dementia and the arts, new psychosocial approaches, involving people with dementia).

Start date: 03/10/2013
End date: 03/10/2014
Duration: 12 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 80 000,00
Portfolio: Interest groups