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