On behalf of CALM, I had the great privilege at the beginning of the week to attend Alzheimer Scotland’s Annual Conference. Read on to find out about the key points raised and the hopes and aspirations for the future…….

This years conference was opened by Every Voice Community Choir.   What a start to what proved to be a great day. This was a privilege for me to hear the songs and passions of many people living with Dementia and their loved ones. This opening truly created a real sense of hope and progress being made which was evident throughout the day.

A review by Professor Craig Ritchie, of brain health highlighted the long-term journey of dementia, the associated risk factors and what we can do to prevent Dementia for ourselves and others we care for. Within the room there was a tangible and palpable sense of commitment from many of the organisations in attendance, as well as government, to improving Dementia services; improving access to these resource across for all 32 local authorities within Scotland; cutting costs for individuals and families; and, maintaining the right to the highest level of care and support within Social care and health provisions for people living with Dementia and their loved ones.

Two separate reports were launched at the conference:

The Scottish Dementia Research Consortium’s “Impact report”. The report highlights 5 key themes and future ambitions for dementia and brain health research.

The second report, “Leadership and innovation in hospital care: Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Nurse Consultants report 2015-2020”, details the national picture of where we are now with hospital care, admissions and discharges for people with dementia, discussing priorities and actions of key focus for 2019-2020.

Please find the reports within the links attached.

Our key priorities at CALM for people living with Dementia is to:

  • maintain the highest level of training for teams who are working in this area;
  • provide quality support, and
  • maintain best practice for those involved within National Dementia services across health and social care.

CALM will ensure that our training and support is current and up to date, providing best practice guidance, allowing us, with you to reach our goal of achieving the highest quality of care for people living with dementia.

If you are interested in getting involved in CALM’s work in this area, then give us a call, or drop us an email. We will be happy to discuss how CALM can support you and your organisation in meeting your training needs.