26th International Conference of ADI

The Changing Face of Dementia
26-29 March 2011, Toronto, Canada

The city of Toronto, Canada's culturally vibrant metropolis, played host to ADI's annual international conference in 2011. Delegates from all areas of the dementia field travelled from far and wide to share their work and learn from the experiences and knowledge of others.
The conference Opening Ceremony set in motion this hugely successful event, with entertainment from a group of aboriginal dancers and a particularly moving performance from Canadian Broadway actress, Louise Pitre. Delegates were invited to attend a Welcome Reception in the bustling and colourful exhibition space, where they could partake in a croquet match courtesy of Jiminy Wicket, learn more about the work of national Alzheimer associations across the world, or pick up their free Puzzle With Me puzzle, designed with people with dementia and their carers in mind.
A host of plenary sessions covering such topics as prevention, the public health agenda, emerging approaches in psychosocial research and new developments in Alzheimer’s disease drew a large delegation. Presentations on methods and programmes in place for reaching ethnic minorities and indigenous communities were also a highlight of the programme.
The Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), based at the University of Waterloo in Canada, hosted A Changing Melody Forum, an inspiration session, which gathered together people with dementia, carers and professionals to discuss a range of issues such as stigma, adapting to change and enabling people with dementia. The session was a great success provided an opportunity to meet new people and share experiences in the lead-up to the conference.
Delegates were also invited to attend a series of ADI workshops covering a range of topics aimed particularly at those from national Alzheimer associations. Examples of Alzheimer Cafés managed by ADI member associations were presented, the 10/66 Dementia Research Group presented their latest findings, and advice was offered from more established Alzheimer associations on coping with organisational growth.
The conference Closing Ceremony saw the Alzheimer Society of Canada handing the baton over to the Alzheimer's Society (UK) who will co-host the next ADI conference, which will take place from 7-10 March 2012 in London, UK.
ADI is grateful to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the organising committees, exhibitors and sponsors, and everyone who participated in the conference.

The Programme and Abstract Booklet is available to download (PDF 16.5MB).

Presentations from the plenary and other sessions from the 2011 conference are now available to view online.

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