As the UK’s go-to event for anyone looking to learn more about dementia, The Alzheimer’s Show is the annual forum for those affected by the condition. Full of practical information and activities, the show’s a chance to meet, face-to-face, with a huge range of industry experts.
This year’s show takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre in Hammersmith, London. Happening over two days, from Friday 8th to Saturday 9th June, the show includes a host of informative talks and question and answer sessions.
What to expect from UK’s leading dementia event
Over 2,400 people attended The Alzheimer’s Show last year and this year’s promises to be bigger than before, with specialists, caregivers, families and people living with dementia all under one roof.
Included among the exhibitions is a collection of artwork created by highly acclaimed artists. These pieces feature famous individuals who either currently live with Alzheimer’s or did when they were alive. They aim to show that dementia can affect anyone.
With some studies suggesting that table tennis may benefit those in the early stages of dementia, there will also be a table tennis challenge with equipment specially designed for those living with the condition.
Various panel discussions from the experts in dementia will help you navigate all the useful advice and insights on offer. They range from talks on the Mental Capacity Act and gaining funding for care, right through to practical singing sessions and a look at the role that technology plays in dementia care.
Free one-to-one professional advice is also available from specialist dementia advisors from the Alzheimer’s Society. No advance booking is needed as appointments can be arranged there and then on the day.
Insight from a Helping Hands expert
This year’s show will be especially significant for us as, along with our specialists offering advice at Stand E8, one of our dementia specialists will be taking to the speakers’ stage on the second day.
Without giving too much away, Amanda Ansell will be sharing how to put the right support in place at home for someone with dementia.
“I’m truly proud to represent Helping Hands at such a key event and share how we help people with dementia to keep their independence at home,” Amanda shares, clearly excited at the prospect of attending the show and delivering her talk.
“All of the exhibitors at The Alzheimer’s Show will bring different knowledge and experiences and I’m looking forward to hearing the other speakers too.”
Amanda is also planning to discuss how independence with dementia can be achieved through a few straightforward steps. These range from making some slight modifications around the home to following a specific diet plan.
“For a person with dementia, their home is often the only thing that feels familiar to them,” she adds. “The changes to their environment or routine caused by moving into a residential home can be really hard for them to cope with. However, by understanding dementia and the little things we can do for a loved one – like putting labels on cupboards or putting up pictures of significant moments – we can make their lives just that little more comfortable.”
Having been a carer herself during her career, Amanda has seen first-hand how difficult and overwhelming it can be for a family to care for their relative. She hopes that if there’s one thing her audience will take away from her talk, it’s that there is always help out there.
Amanda will be sharing her insights in a 20-minute speaker’s slot at 10.55am on Saturday 9th June. It will be taking place in the Exhibitor Workshop Theatre.
Book your tickets for The Alzheimer’s Show 2018
With one-to-one sessions from advisors, hands-on activities to enhance your understanding of dementia, and plenty of stands where you can get more information, there’s so much you can take away from a day at The Alzheimer’s Show.
Tickets are still on sale. Priced at £20 on the door (£15 for a concession), you can save 25% by booking online. A person who is living with dementia can attend for free, as do children under the age of 16. Discounts for group bookings are also available.
Once you’re inside the Olympia London, everything is free to access. So you can stay for as long as you want and go to as many talks as you like! The address is Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX.
To find out more about The Alzheimer’s Show and to book your tickets, visit: https://alzheimersshow.co.uk/london/