PCA support group

Meeting recordings

Here you can listen to recordings from a number of our support group meetings. Thank you to the members of the support group who helped make this possible.



Friday 24th March 2017 – London PCA Support Group Meeting

The morning presentation was given by Dr Joshua Stott, Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellow and Senior Clinical Tutor, UCL, who discussed the application of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression in dementia. After lunch, Dr Jonathan Schott, Reader in Clinical Neurology and Honorary Consultant Neurologist, UCL, presented an update in drug treatment for PCA.

Dr Joshua Stott’s slides can be found here.

Dr Jonathan Schott’s slides can be found here.

Monday 6th February 2017 – Joint Carers Support Group Meeting

Sara Wilcox, CEO from Pathways Through Dementia, presented at this meeting. Topics which were covered during this meeting included: Paying for Care, the role of the Court of Protection – Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyship, Welfare Benefits and relevant community care laws such as the Mental Capacity Act, and the Care Act

Friday 11th November 2016 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Emma Harding spoke about the “In Their Shoes” project which involves running interactive workshops about dementia in secondary schools. Dr Sebastian Crutch, Clinical and Research Neuropsychologist spoke about the “Created Out of Mind” project and introduced the resident artists. There was an opportunity to work directly with the artists or participate in smaller facilitated group discussions. The ‘Created Out of Mind’ resident artists who presented at the meeting were: Janneke van Leeuwen, Charlie Harrison and Charlie Murphy.

Friday 10th June 2016 – PCA Support Group Meeting

We welcomed Dr Becky Gould who spoke about ‘mindfulness and dementia’.
**Please note, there is a guided mindfulness practice in the middle of the recording of Becky’s presentation**

Resources listed at the end of the file are listed here.

We also welcomed Dr Aida Suarez-Gonzales and Ashley Peacock who discussed their new app which aims to facilitate reading in people with dementia.

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Friday 5th February 2016 – PCA Support Group Meeting

The theme of this meeting was ‘Creativity in PCA’ and we welcomed a range of presenters to share details of their work:

  • Simon Ball a film maker/animator who will be working on the ‘Am I the right way up?’ balance project here at UCL
  • Susanna Howard joined us to talk further about her poetry and performance approach (her work also featured in our recent newsletter).
  • Pam Turpin spoke about her current study which is looking at the environmental challenges faced by people living with PCA and their caregivers.
  • Amelia Carton, a research assistant at the Dementia Research Centre, described the recent ‘Profiles in Paint’ project where people with PCA and other rare dementia diagnoses produced a still life painting from the same objects, in collaboration with the visual artist Charlie Harrison.
  • Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Niall McLaughlin discussed their forthcoming project at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.
  • Harry Macqueen spoke about his upcoming film projects.

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Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Joint Carers Support Group Meeting

We held a Joint Carers’ Meeting where Dr Liz Sampson who is a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, Division of Psychiatry, University College London joined us to share her expert knowledge on palliative and end of life care in dementia.

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Friday 16th October 2015 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Chris Lane, Clinical Research Associate at the Dementia Research Centre, UCL, talks current medication that is prescribed for people with posterior cortical atrophy, and new treatments that are being tested in clinical trials.

We also welcomed Robert Howard, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at UCL, who spoke about mental health, psychiatry and posterior cortical atrophy.

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Friday 19th June 2015 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Michael Bowen, Director of Research at the College of Optometrists talks about his work on opticians’ assessments with people who have dementia, and how this relates to posterior cortical atrophy.

Nada Savitch came to tell us about Innovations in Dementia: a community interest company that works nationally with people with dementia, partner organisations and professionals with the aim of developing and testing projects that will enhance the lives of people with dementia.

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Friday 27th March 2015 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Rob Harris (Guide Dogs London Engagement Manager) talks about their mission to give blind and partially sighted people the same amount of freedom to move around London as everyone else.

Prof Sebastian Crutch (Dementia Research Centre, UCL Institute of Neurology) talks about his project to improve understanding of visual impairment in PCA, and how this might be compensated for. Includes a short talk from Mary Pat Sullivan (Brunel University) about the social side of the study. Followed by a Q & A session with Prof Crutch.

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Thursday 26th February 2015 – Joint Carers Support Group Meeting

We welcomed Dr Eneida Mioshi: Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, who spoke about coping strategies for carers

We welcomed Angela Sherman who spoke about Continuing Health Care (CHC) funding applications. You can find out more about the organisation she directs at caretobedifferent.co.uk (opens website).

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Friday 7th November 2014 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Dr Jon Schott presented a talk entitled: “Using imaging and genetics to understand PCA” and Prof Seb Crutch presented an update on his recent work.

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Friday 26th September 2014 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Prof. Seb Crutch provided an update on the Stages of PCA document, thank you for your contributions, as well as hosting a Q+A session.

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Friday 27th June 2014 – PCA Support Group Meeting

What is lost, what is gained and what stays the same? A talk from Dr Adam Adam Fyffe (Clinical Psychologist, Memory Clinic, East London NHS Foundation Trust).

A Relationship Intervention for Couples Living with Dementia. A talk from Andrew Balfour (Director of Clinical Services, at The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships).

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Thursday February 13th 2014 – Joint Carers Support Group Meeting

Changes in the intimacy of relationships following a diagnosis of dementia

At this meeting, Jane Youell, a researcher at the University of Northampton, gave a talk on the ways in which a diagnosis of dementia may affect relationships between couples, particularly intimacy. You can download her presentation here..

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Friday 8th November 2013 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Action for blind people and Scribe

This meeting included a presentation by the founders of a charity called Scribe, which aims to give people who can no longer write the assistance they need to complete writing projects.

We also had a presentation from Action for blind people about the services that they can offer for people with visual impairments.

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Friday 20th September 2013 – PCA Support Group Meeting

Stages of PCA, and brain donation

Sebastian Crutch introduced a project to improve understanding of the stages of PCA, with the help of support group members. In the presentation, Dr Crutch describes an attempt, with the help of members of the PCA support group, to describe the stages that someone with PCA may experience. We are keen to get feedback about these stages from members of the support group.

This meeting included a presentation by Zeinab Abdi about how examination of the brain can help scientific research.

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