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Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care

  • Ashling Hotel
  • 9.30 - 4.00
  • 10 Nov 2017

Price €30 IASW members/€60 non-members

Conference organised by the IASW Special Interest Group on Ageing

Price includes lunch and refreshments

ONLINE BOOKING FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. HOWEVER THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PAY ON THE DAY. ONLY CASH CAN BE ACCEPTED.

 

Final Programme

0930-1000               Registration

1000-1015               Opening address

1015-1100               Keynote 1: Living with Dementia: Health Professionals as Part of a Dementia Inclusive Community - Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair of the European Dementia Working Group

1100-1130               Break: Tea / Coffee

1130-1215               Keynote 2: The National Dementia Strategy: Charting Progress and Outlining Future Plans – Emer Begley, Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office

1215-1300               Keynote 3: Promoting Liberty: The Background, Context and Challenges of the Proposed Deprivation of Liberty Legislation in Ireland - Anne O Loughlin, Recently Retired Principal Social Worker, Safeguarding and Protection Team

1300-1400               Lunch

1400-1515               Parallel Workshops:

(1) Dementia and Loss - Breffni McGuinness, Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

(2) Seeing and Shaping the World WITH the Person Living with Dementia - Emer Duffy, Occupational Therapist

(3) Music Therapy in Dementia Care – Susan Hurley, Music Therapist

1515-1600     Plenary Session

1600              Close

 

Keynote 1: Living with Dementia: Exact title TBC - Helen Rochford Brennan, Chair of the European Dementia Working Group

Bio: Helen Rochford Brennan

Helen Rochford Brennan is from Tubbercurry in County Sligo. Helen spent many years working in the tourism and disability sectors and has also devoted tireless years to community activism, working at board level in several organisations.

In July 2012, Helen was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.  She was the first Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group, which is resourced by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and is currently Chair of the European Dementia Working Group.  In 2015 Helen was asked to be the representative voice of people with dementia on the Monitoring Group for Ireland’s first National Dementia Strategy. 

Helen has always been a passionate advocate for human rights and is now fighting for the rights of all people living with dementia including herself.  Helen is participating in international research in the area of dementia. 

                        

Keynote 2: The National Dementia Strategy: Charting Progress and Outlining Future Plans – Emer Begley, Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office

Bio: Emer Begley, PhD

Emer is Senior Project Manager at the National Dementia Office*(NDO). Prior to joining the NDO in January 2017, Emer spent eight years in the Community and Voluntary Sector working with a number of advocacy organisations focusing on dementia and ageing. Most recently she was Policy and Research Manager with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Prior to this she was Senior Policy Officer with Age Action.

Emer completed her PhD in Trinity College in 2009, where her research focused on the lived experience and health and social care needs of people living with early stage dementia. She also holds a BA in Sociology and an MSc in Applied Social Research.

*The National Dementia Office was established within the Health Service Executive in 2015 to oversee the implementation of the Irish National Dementia Strategy,

Keynote Abstract

The Irish National Dementia Strategy, published in December 2014, aims to concurrently develop multiple aspects of dementia care to ensure a holistic approach to the development of dementia services and supports in Ireland.  Underpinned by the principles of personhood and citizenship, the strategy is a blue-print to how dementia will be addressed in the coming years.

This presentation will outline the work of the National Dementia Office (ND0). Established in 2015, the NDO is responsible for translating, over a five-year period, this national policy into practice. The course of implementation has a number of clear, deliverable objectives which fall under each of the strategy’s six priority areas, namely (i) better awareness and understanding, (ii) timely diagnosis and intervention, (iii) integrated services and supports, (iv) training and education, (v) leadership and (vi) research and information systems.

This presentation will focus specifically on progress around the implementation of actions under each of these priority areas. A critical role of the NDO is to ensure work undertaken in separate care areas come together in a coherent manner, avoiding duplication of effort and maximising current resources. The presentation will therefore address some of the distinct challenges and opportunities encountered in implementation to date.

 

Keynote 3: Promoting Liberty: The Background, Context and Challenges of the Proposed Deprivation of Liberty Legislation in Ireland - Anne O Loughlin, Recently Retired Principal Social Worker, Safeguarding and Protection Team

Bio: Anne O’ Loughlin, PhD

Anne is recently retired from her post of Principal Social Worker Safeguarding and Protection Team Dublin North City and County. Her entire social work career of nearly forty years was spent in the field of Gerontological Social Work. Her special interest is in the field of elder mistreatment.

Anne completed her PhD in University College Dublin in 2013, where her research focused on elder mistreatment in nursing homes and the social influences and impact on staff of the decision to remain silent on witnessing elder mistreatment by colleagues. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Science, a Masters in Social Science (Social Work) and a Higher Diploma in Health Care (Risk Management).

Keynote Abstract

The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 was presented to the Dail in January 2017 without any public consultation on any aspect of the legislation which included provisions for addressing Deprivation of Liberty issues. The relevant Head of the Bill addressing this crucial aspect of Human Rights was not ready. In February 2017 the Bill was referred to Committee Stage. This presentation will explore the meaning of key terms such as liberty and freedom. Key legal provisions including international human rights law, relevant Irish law will be outlined.  This presentation will focus on the background to the introduction of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards in England and Wales (implemented in 2009). It will then outline the case for reform as presented in the UK Law Commission Report Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty (March 2017).  The presentation will then address some of the challenges and possible implications for the implementation of the proposed legislation in Ireland. 

 

Parallel Workshops

(1) Dementia and Loss - Breffni McGuinness, Training Manager, Irish Hospice Foundation

Bio: Breffni McGuinness

Breffni is the Training Manager with The Irish Hospice Foundation (Bereavement). His special interests are in workplace bereavement, hidden losses and the use of creativity in working with people who are grieving. He has published a number of articles on bereavement and has developed resources for workplaces on bereavement policies and supporting staff who are bereaved.  He is a Dramatherapist and member of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT). 

Workshop Abstract

This workshop will explore the unique losses and grief associated with dementia, and what can help both the person with the diagnosis and their carers to cope. It will look at the different types of losses e.g. ambiguous, anticipatory and disenfranchised, that are common with dementia.

 

(2) Seeing and Shaping the World WITH the Person Living with Dementia - Emer Duffy, Occupational Therapist

Bio: Emer Duffy

Emer Duffy qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2005.  Since qualifying, she has worked primarily with adults with neurological and mental health conditions. In 2013, Emer completed her MSc in Cognitive Rehabilitation and researched the effect of meditation on the cognition, stress, and occupational performance. Emer currently works nationwide as a private Occupational Therapist and Yoga Therapist specializing in brain and mental health. She worked as a part time Senior OT in a residential care setting until 2015, since leaving this role she is regularly employed privately across Ireland to visit residents and review their ability to engage in meaningful occupations and to teach Chair Yoga. Emer also teaches annually to healthcare assistants in ETB Tallaght in Meaningful Activity.

Workshop Abstract

Seeing and shaping the world WITH the person living with Dementia

Emer Duffy is a Specialist Occupational Therapist in Brain Health. She visits residents in nursing homes to advice on leisure, productivity and the environment to enhance individualised care plans. Emer also lectures to healthcare assistants on how to encourage a culture of meaningful moments in a nursing home settings. This talk will aim to discuss the importance of meaningful moments and individualised living space with practical examples.

 

(3) Music Therapy in Dementia Care – Susan Hurley, Music Therapist

Bio: Susan Hurley

Susan Hurley has a master’s degree in Music Therapy from the University of Limerick. She has an eclectic music therapy experience working with persons with a broad spectrum of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns in a variety of clinical and community health settings. 

Susan has a wealth of experience working with older adults with dementia and has a special interest in Music Therapy Choirs, singing and health and improvised voice work with those with moderate and severe dementia.

Workshop Abstract

This workshop aims to answer all of your questions about what music therapy is, who music therapists are and who can benefit from it. It will also give an overview of some recent research in the field of music therapy in dementia care with some case examples in the area. The workshop will also incorporate an interactive musical activity which all participants will be invited to experience. No previous musical experience required!

 

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