Cardiff conference gives insight into dementia

Professor Bayer explains the impact of dementia medication

Dealing with Dementia was the focus of a conference held at Cardiff’s Copthorne Hotel recently.

The aim of the event, organised by the Vale of Glamorgan Social Care Workforce Development Partnership, was to increase awareness of the effects of dementia on sufferers and their carers.

In the opening address, Anne Carpenter of the Alzheimer’s Society told the story of a couple, Peter and Anne Oldacre, whose lives were drastically altered when Ann developed early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The Oldacres’¬†plans for a long retirement in Spain were curtailed as Ann deteriorated, and they returned to Britain where they were effectively homeless as they were unable to sell their property in Spain. Ann, who was initially wrongly diagnosed with depression, experienced a rapid decline in both physical and mental ability, which could be seen in the accompanying film.

Julian Hallett of the Down’s Syndrome Association followed with an excellent talk on the link between DS and dementia, and Professor Antony Bayer, Department of Geriatric Medication at Cardiff University and Head of the Cardiff and Vale Memory Team,¬†gave a detailed¬†presentation on the impact of medication on dementia sufferers. The event concluded with a series of workshops.

Those attending the conference gained much insight into the effects of dementia, issues faced by their family carers, and helpful strategies and medication. Many thanks to the Vale of Glamorgan Council, in particular Daniel Morgan, and the staff at the Copthorne Hotel, for making the event a success.
To read more about Ann and Peter Oldacre’s story, visit: