Australian dementia innovation on show in London

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Innovative Dementia Australia technology solutions and programs helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers will be showcased at the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2022 in London this week. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM said Dementia Australia’s world-leading technology products will be displayed alongside presentations on the organisation’s approach to providing specialist, dementia palliative care and effective, strategic government applications. 

“The Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Conference is the longest running international conference on dementia and attracts delegates from all corners of the world,” Ms McCabe said.  
“Dementia Australia’s contribution to improving the lives of people living with dementia has been accepted to be shared on a world stage at this conference which is testament to the incredible work of our staff.” 

Dementia Australia will be showcasing three technology-focused products at the ADI Conference 2022 - the Ask Annie app, the virtual avatar program Talk with Ted and EDIE the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience. 

With the support of Gandel Foundation, Ask Annie is a Dementia Australia mobile app that offers short, self-paced learning modules to help care workers refresh their skills and learn tips and tools to provide better care to people living with dementia. Since its Australian launch in 2021, it has been downloaded over 5,000 times. 

Talk with Ted is an award-winning immersive experience, designed to educate care workers to better communicate with and support people living with dementia. It uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to provide an online simulation of a typical communication experience between a care worker and someone living with dementia. 

EDIE is an immersive experience which enables participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia. Utilising virtual reality technology, it enhances the knowledge of dementia whilst exploring enablement strategies to support the person living with dementia to live more confidently. 

In addition to technology presentations, Dementia Australia’s Nightingale Program will be presented. The Nightingale Program is a palliative model of care for people living with dementia provided by specialist nurses and focuses on promoting choice and wellbeing. 

Ms McCabe will be attending the conference to share with the international delegates from Alzheimer’s and dementia organisations from around the world about Dementia Australia’s government relations strategy that led to the AU$229.4 (US$176) million in funding for quality dementia care announced in the 2021-22 federal budget. 

“By sharing our government relations advocacy and strategies other international leaders in dementia may be inspired to enact similar strategies,” Ms McCabe said.

“The ADI Conference 2022 will also be an exciting opportunity to learn from others and to be informed by what more we can do to improve the lives of Australians impacted by dementia.”

The 35th Global Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International 2022, New horizons in dementia: Building on hope, will be held at Kia Oval, London UK and virtually between 9 – 11 June 2022. Follow #ADI2022 on social media for updates.

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit dementia.org.au 

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Media contacts: Andrea Hogan, Media & Communications Advisor, +61 482 167 924 or Andrea.Hogan@dementia.org.au / Christine Bolt, National GM Communications, Corporate Communications, +61 400 004 553 or Christine.Bolt@dementia.org.au  

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