Alzheimers NZ Conference 2014

We have recently announced our keynote speaker line up and Call for Abstracts for our 2014 Conference, and I was hoping you might be able to assist us by mentioning the Conference on your events page or in any relevant e-newsletters or other communications?

We have some excellent keynote speakers lined up who will be of interest to many of your stakeholders. All conference info is available at

www.alzheimers.org.nz/conference and I have included our media release below.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can provide any further information.

Kind regards

Sarah Sinnott
Senior Communications Advisor
Alzheimers New Zealand
PO Box 14768, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241, New Zealand
P: 04 387 8264 I M: 022 430 5191 | F: 04 3879682
E: sarah.sinnott@alzheimers.org.nz
www.alzheimers.org.nz

MEDIA RELEASE
February 2014

International dementia experts to present at Alzheimers NZ Conference 2014

Some of the world’s leading experts in dementia are set to visit New Zealand this November for Alzheimers NZ’s biennial 2014 conference Dementia: The Future is Now.

Alzheimers NZ has today confirmed its keynote speakers for the conference, which will be held from 14-15 November in Rotorua. The keynote address will be delivered by Australia’s Professor Henry Brodaty who will discuss the progress that has been made in addressing the global dementia challenge and what lies ahead.

Professor Brodaty’s address will be complemented by Professor Steve Iliffe’s (UK) presentation on health promotion and early intervention and Professor Ngaire Kerse’s (NZ) discussion on the demographics of dementia.

Alzheimers NZ Executive Director Catherine Hall, said with a programme featuring world renowned dementia experts, Dementia: The Future is Now will be the pre-eminent conference for the dementia community in 2014.

“We’re at a watershed moment for the dementia community, both here and New Zealand and globally. We want to use this year’s conference to highlight the exciting developments that are occurring in research, prevention, support services and treatment options, and look at what the future holds,” Ms Hall said.

“We’re very pleased to have some of the world’s foremost experts in dementia assisting us in delivering a programme that will showcase these developments to health professionals, people with dementia and their support people, and Alzheimers NZ members.”

Alzheimers New Zealand is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at Dementia: The Future is Now. For more information visit www.alzheimers.org.nz/conference .

Anyone looking to attend Dementia: The Future is Now can also find out more and register for updates on the conference website.

Keynote speaker information:
· Professor Henry Brodaty, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales: One of the world’s leading experts in dementia, Prof Brodaty will give the key note address, looking back on the 30 years that have passed since the New Zealand dementia community started to focus on helping people affected by dementia, as well as looking at what lies ahead.
· Professor Steve Iliffe, Professor of Primary Care for Older People, Research Department of Primary Care & Population Health, University College London: With research interests in health promotion and mental health Prof Iliffe’s address will focus on health promotion and early intervention in relation to dementia.
· Professor Ngaire Kerse, Head of School of Population Health, University of Auckland: Professor Ngaire Kerse is a GP academic at the University of Auckland who runs a programme of research aimed at maximizing Health for Older People. Prof Kerse’s presentation will take delegates through the demographics of dementia in New Zealand now, and into the future. Recent information from LiLACS NZ cohorts of Māori and non-Māori in advanced age in the Bay of Plenty region will be presented.

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For more information contact:
Sarah Sinnott
Senior Communications Advisor
Alzheimers NZ
04 387 8264 / 022 430 5191

Notes to Editors:
About Alzheimers NZ
Alzheimers NZ is a not-for-profit organisation focused on supporting all people affected by dementia. Our Wellington-based national operation supports a federation of 21 local Alzheimers NZ organisations throughout New Zealand, each of which is a member of Alzheimers NZ.
We represent people with dementia and their families/ whānau by providing awareness raising, advocacy, information services and resources to and for the public generally, the Government, and health professionals and service providers in the dementia sector / community. We also provide information services and support for our Members.

Alzheimers NZ Member organisations provide support, education, information and related services directly to members of their communities who are affected by dementia.