A one-day conference


Date: 29th September 2020

This one day conference will focus on the future of Dementia Care in Ireland and will enable delegates to critically review their approach to the care of patients with dementia in all care settings and look at how Covid-19 has changed the way we care for Dementia patients.

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.

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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


Dementia – an invisible disability

Speaker: Kevin Quaid, Member, Irish Dementia Working Group.

5min Q&A

  Advance care planning for Dementia Patients – Covid-19 Updates

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

  • 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

Group Q&A

11.00 Tea/Coffee Break 
  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.

5min Q&A


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

5min Q&A


In Home Support for The Client with Dementia- Including Covid 19 Considerations

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

Group Q&A




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

5min Q&A

  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


3.00 Conference Close 

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.

Kevin QuaidKevin Quaid

Kevin Quaid, Member, Irish Dementia Working Group

Limerick native Kevin Quaid was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2017 aged 53. He is a member of the Irish Dementia Working Group.

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Kevin is an avid GAA fan and speaks about the fighting spirit of the Limerick hurling team in 2018 and the fact they never gave up. He brings that same spirit to his life with dementia.
After his diagnosis Kevin realised there was a lack of information about his particular form of dementia and wrote a book ‘Lewy Body Dementia, Survival and Me’. He is now an active advocate and through his work with the Irish Dementia Working Group supported by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland raises awareness about the condition through speaking engagements and media appearances.
In Oct 2018 Kevin spoke at the annual AlzTalks event organised by The Alzheimer Society. He spoke about the difference between Lewy body dementia and other forms of the disease and his need to be part of his community. In 2019 he spoke at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in The Hague and impressed an international audience the importance of hearing the voice of people living with dementia.

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 CPD certificates awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service


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