Earlier this month, the UK Dementia Congress held its 11th annual multi-disciplinary, dementia-focussed event and exhibition in the UK. The event provides a fantastic opportunity for people living with dementia, carers, and other professionals to learn from and be inspired by others’ experiences. The event which this year was open to the public for the first time, aims to help people make connections, and build bridges towards best practice in their own localities.
Jeremy Hughes, the Alzheimer’s Society CEO chaired the opening plenary session of the Congress. The opening session consisted of two family carers from TIDE (together in dementia every day) talking about their personal experiences – one of whom was Chadwell Heath resident Janis Cottee, who is a long standing volunteer in the office of local MP Jon Cruddas.
Janis, along with other speakers called on Congress, the Minister, and Professor Alistair Burns to ensure that Human Rights are imbedded into dementia care.