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Date: 7th Jun 2017

Buckinghamshire New University will be hosting a conference to raise awareness about dementia and promote the health of older people living in Bucks.

The goals of the Ageing Well Community Conference, entitled ‘Dementia & Physical Activity – A healthy mind in a healthy body’ which will be held on 20 June, are to raise awareness of community-based health/recreation promotion programmes, share knowledge on physical activity interventions for dementia and offer a healthy lunch and free Health & Fitness MOTs to the local community.picture of older people exercising

One of the organisers Dr Maria Konstantaki, Senior Lecturer at the University in Sport Science, said: “Dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year. It has been reported that 850,000 people are currently living with dementia in the UK and this number is forecast to increase to over one million by 2025 and over 2 million by 2051.

“Recognising the early signs of dementia and appreciating the positive effects that physical activity and diet can have on alleviating the condition is key to healthy ageing. This conference aims to raise awareness about dementia and address key issues to promote the health of older people living in Buckinghamshire.”

Speakers and presentations include:

  • Professor of Gerontology Carol Cutler Riddick, Gallaudet University, USA - Role of physical activity in offsetting /dealing with dementia
  • David Truswell, Head of Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity (DACE) - Dementia and its impact on diverse communities
  • Dr Jonathan Lewis, Bucks New University - My life, my memories: the cultural commissioning of dance for dementia prevention
  • Ruth Trout & Fiona Chalk, Bucks New University - Meaningful interactions for people with dementia
  • Jay Patel, Forest HealthCare - Approaches to promote wellbeing in care home residents with dementia

The conference is ideal for older adults, practitioners involved in intervention in ageing well and physical activity, academics, community workers, residential care home managers and student researchers.

For more information about the event, which takes place from 9.30am-4.30pm, contact maria.konstantaki@bucks.ac.uk or to book your place on the conference visit store.bucks.ac.uk

The course is free to Bucks staff and students. External guests, alumni and exhibitors £10. Group bookings of 6+ senior citizens/communities £5. This includes lunch, refreshments and conference pack.

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