Today I have been attending the Alzheimer’s NZ conference, Dementia: The future is now, and was honoured and privileged to be their opening speaker again. I’m meant to be having a break and rest right now, but of course, have ended up here! The internet has not been available in the auditorium either, so no tweeting or other social media fun taking place unless I am back in the hotel!
The programme is interesting, although I was worried they might be a bit sick of Aussies by lunch time as three of us had presented, as per this shot of the morning sessions. You can go to their website for the full programme, and here is my presentation, A Stonger Consumer Voice
I remember last time I was here at the conference in 2014 thinking they were more progressive as far as providing good care of people with dementia and were actually providing person centred cared as the norm, rather than the exception as I see it is often more the case in other countries including Australia.
It is refreshing to speak to so many people who speak about respect, empowering and positive language, and basic human rights for people with dementia. Thank you New Zealand, for again giving me hope.