Dementia Australia 2013 Conference

"The Tiles of Life - Colouring the Future"

Dementia Australia 15th National Conference, The Tiles of Life - Colouring the Future was held in Hobart, Tasmania from the 14th to 17th of May 2013.  

Watch Ita's opening speech on YouTube.

Watch Michael Valenzuela and Matthew Evans, the Gourmet Farmer, talking on brain health, real food and exercise.

Dementia Australia’s 15th biennial conference has brought together world leaders in social and medical dementia research. Key speakers from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany have challenged participants on how we can be positive in addressing dementia through promoting awareness, rehabilitation, social engagement, creativity and self-expression. They also discussed the critical role an investment in dementia research can play in identifying the cause of, and treatments and cure for, dementia.

Ita Buttrose, Dementia Australia National President and Australian of the Year 2013, launched three important publications that are directed at changing community attitudes towards dementia. These include Dementia Friendly Societies, Cognitive Impairment Symbol: creating dementia friendly organisations and Respite Care for People Living with Dementia which focuses on new opportunities for social engagement through respite care.