A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin 

Date: 29th September 2020

This event will provide delegates with ideas to use in practice and focus on evidence-based solutions to better care for dementia patients in your services. We have a line-up of new speakers, case studies and topics which will ensure a fresh and very informative day.

There will be lots of opportunities at the conference for delegate and speaker interaction to challenge your thinking on how to achieve best practice dementia care, build dementia friendly communities and enable patients with dementia live a better quality of life through proven methods.

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5 Structured CPD Points

Delegates will leave this conference with a better understanding of recent research and findings on dementia; tools to creating Dementia friendly communities; Understand the needs of dementia patients in palliative care and how to improve our approach to end of life care; discuss ideas to improve the health care environment for patients with dementia, their carers’ and families and much more.

Full Day Programme

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Dr Elizabeth Fahey McCarthy, RN, RM, RNT, MAEd, Professional Education Consultant

  • Dementia, grief and loss

Young onset dementia and dignity-enhancing care

Speaker: Helen Rochford Brennan

  • The care needs and experiences of people with young onset dementia and their families.
  • Definition of young onset dementia and its prevalence internationally and in Ireland
  • Some key differences between ‘young onset’ and ‘late onset dementia’
  • The meaning of dignity, capacity, personhood and autonomy in the context of young onset dementia
  • The provision of dignity enhancing post-diagnostic services for people with young onset dementia:  What can Ireland learn from other countries?
  • Future directions and recommendations for service developments in Ireland for people with young onset dementia
Advance care planning for Dementia Patients – Covid-19 Updates

Speaker: Deirdre Shanagher, National Development Manager, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Irish Hospice Foundation

  • Development of ACP & Covid information
  • Advance care planning
  • Advance healthcare directives
  • Legislation re AHDs
  • Provide an overview of some guidance re AHDs
  • Case studies explored
Assisting and Supporting a Person with Dementia to make Decisions:

Speaker: Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland

  • Voice of the Person being central in health and social care services
  • A Human-Rights based approach to health and social care decisions
  • Appropriate support arrangements for Decision-Making
  • Safeguarding issues for a vulnerable person to include the impact of Covid-19

Down syndrome and Dementia: Inclusion and Equity

Speaker: : Mary McCarron Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability, School of Nursing & Midwifery Trinity College Dublin

  • The newly established National Intellectual Disability Memory Service 
  • The genetic link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Prevalence of dementia in people with Down syndrome 
  • Dementia Research – Inclusion of people with Down syndrome 
  • Post diagnostic care for people with Down syndrome

In Home Support for The Client with Dementia 

Speaker: Michael Wright, Director of Public Affairs, Home Instead Ireland

  • Dementia stats
  • Accessing care and supports /Future planning
  • Risk assessing to minimise risk and increase client safety
  • Support planning for Independence and optimal client outcomes
  • Family and friends support-Community Engagement
Ethical Decision Making, Consent and Capacity for Dementia Patients

Speaker: Mary Kirwan, Lecturer and Barrister, RCSI 

  • Understanding the different ethical decision-making frameworks;
  • Differentiating between morals, ethics and law;
  • Understanding consent – legal elements of consent, different forms of consent, obtaining a valid consent and maximising ability to consent;
  • Capacity- understanding capacity, triggers, conducting a capacity assessment, functional approach to capacity;
  • Decision making – enduring power of attorney, advance healthcare directives, ward of court, “best interest” and will and preference;
  • Legal parameters- an examination of current law and the future legal framework of the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015.
Developing Person Public Involvement (PPI) in Irish Dementia Research

Speaker: Dr Bernadette Rock, Research and Policy Manager at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

  • Empowering people with dementia and caregivers to be involved in impactful research   
  • Building capacity for PPI in research
  • Supporting research to engage meaningfully with people with dementia and carers 
  • Challenges and solutions to PPI


Mary McCarronMary McCarron

Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability, School of Nursing & Midwifery Trinity College Dublin

Mary McCarron, PhD, MA, RNID, RGN, BNS. F.T.C.D is Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability and Director of the Trinity Centre for Excellence in Ageing and Intellectual Disability.

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She has had many senior leadership roles with Trinity College including Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and has served on the Senior Management Executive of the University from 2011 -2019 as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Professor McCarron is a committed ageing research leader and an international expert in the fields of intellectual disability & ageing, dementia, and palliative care. She is the founder and Principal Investigator for the first ever Longitudinal Comparative Study on Ageing in Persons with Intellectual Disability (IDS-TILDA) to be conducted in Ireland or internationally. This study is a supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA).

She also leads a large longitudinal study on dementia in people with Down syndrome spanning over 25 years. Her award winning approaches on environmental design and technology innovations are improving quality of life for people across the continuum of dementia. Professor McCarron is setting up a National Memory Service of people with an Intellectual Disability. She has been recognized internationally PPI and in 2019 was awarded the inaugural HRB impact Award.

Deirdre ShanagherDeirdre Shanagher

National Development Manager, Palliative and End of Life Care, Irish Hospice Foundation

Deirdre is a registered general nurse who has worked with older people as a nurse and nurse manager.

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Deirdre obtained a BSc (Cur) general nursing in 2006, an MSc Gerontological nursing in 2011 and European Certificate in Palliative Dementia Care in 2014. Deirdre has served on the board of Care Alliance Ireland since 2014. Her work with the Irish Hospice Foundation centres on Advance Care Planning and Primary Palliative Care as well as supporting other projects linked to the healthcare team. Deirdre represented the Irish Hospice Foundation on the HSE National Advance Healthcare Directives Sub-group that was established to prepare recommendations for the Code of Practice for the Advance Healthcare Directive provisions of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

Patricia Rickard-ClarkePatricia Rickard-Clarke

Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland

Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission. She is the Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland, Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg, and a Board Member of Third Age Foundation clg.

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She was a member of the HSE’s National Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act Steering Group preparing for the implementation of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health to draft a code of practice for Advance Healthcare Directives and was also a member of the National Disability Authority’s Expert Group that developed the non-health care codes of practice for the 2015 Act. She is author of the Irish section on the International Protection of Adults published by Oxford University Press and contributed to a number of publications on topics related to decision-making capacity and rights of older and vulnerable adults.

This conference will be of interest to all professionals who assess or care for dementia patients including, nurses, directors of nursing, nursing home and residential care professionals, social care workers, home care providers, carers, consultants, GP’s, regulators, associations, researchers and universities.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin 

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