27th International Conference of ADI

Science Fact Fiction
7-10 March 2012, London, UK

In partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, ADI welcomed more than 1500 delegates to London, UK in March. Under the theme of Science Fact Fiction, ADI’s annual International Conference delivered an extensive series of sessions, workshops, symposia and social events.

For the first time, a stream of sessions led by people with dementia was incorporated into the conference programme. Attracting a large number of delegates, these sessions covered such topics as battling for diagnosis and treatment, life history and end of life issues. The Scottish Dementia Working Group also used the occasion to mark their tenth anniversary alongside people with dementia and supporters from around the world.

Professor Peter Piot, former Executive Director of UNAIDS, and British author Sir Terry Pratchett, who is living with dementia, delivered inspirational speeches during the conference Opening Ceremony. Professor Piot highlighted the parallels between the dementia and AIDS movements, pointing out that dementia was also a human rights issue, a message that was echoed throughout the conference.

The exhibition and poster viewing area with its Memory Garden and picnic benches, reflecting the theme of an English garden, proved popular with conference delegates, with many partaking in a game of croquet courtesy of Jiminy Wicket. An ADI cinema presenting films from various parts of the world was also a welcome addition to the conference.

ADI hosted a number of workshops on topics such as working with volunteers, the research agenda for Alzheimer associations and the Alzheimer movement. A well-attended workshop focused on the findings and projects of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group provided some important feedback and direction on the future developments of the group’s training programme.

Issues surrounding the portrayal of dementia in the mass media were debated, including the relationship between stigma and the media, media management of the subject and the changing representation of dementia in the UK media.

A debate on prevention and risk reduction marked the final plenary session of the conference, following on from other keynote topics including new diagnostics and new lexicon of Alzheimer’s disease, non-pharmacological interventions, and preparing for the dementia epidemic.

Programme booklet and abstracts downloads:

Presentations from the plenary and other sessions from the 2012 conference are now available to view online.

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