It is an honour to have been invited to present in a key note session on the morning of Day 2 on the issues important to people with dementia, representing Dementia Alliance International.
WHO will be hosting this first Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, and Ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, have been invited to come together in Geneva for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by dementia.
I believe it will be the first time a person with dementia has been invited to such an event, breaking the usual ‘about us without us’ mould.
The conference is supported by the Department of Health of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Both days will be webcast. The final session of Day 1 is a panel discussion titled People’s Perspectives, that I hope to be involved in as well, and I will publish more details here as I know of them. Once the final agenda is up on the WHO website, I will add it here as well.
At the end of Day 1, I am also giving a short 3 minute presentation on Dementia Alliance International and why the effort to collaborate globally between different NGO’s is key to moving the dementia issue to the front burner. Wish me luck!