Themes for the 2021 Conference


Panel 1: New technologies and design innovations for dementia prevention and care

Technological innovation in dementia care:

  • diagnosis, assessment and monitoring using innovative technologies;
  • wearables, smart home systems, robots, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), artificial intelligence (AI);
  • prevention and technologies to monitor dementia risk factors;
  • assistive technologies in dementia care;
  • computerised cognitive and physical training;
  • Cognitive Assistive Technologies;
  • remote monitoring using sensors and analytics;
  • warm technology.

Keywords:

  • Cognitive Assistive Technology;
  • wearables;
  • robots;
  • virtual reality;
  • augmented reality;
  • artificial intelligence;
  • remote monitoring;
  • warm technology.

Panel 2: Polypharmacy, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in dementia

Medication and polypharmacy in dementia, incl. pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments:

  • evidence-based pharmacological treatments for dementia (efficacy and acceptability);
  • irrational and rational polypharmacy in patients with dementia;
  • strategies for rational prescribing in patients with dementia;
  • management of behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD) and mental disorders in demented patients;
  • medication problems at the different care levels (e.g. from primary care to nursing homes and hospitals);
  • non-pharmacological treatments in dementia instead of medications (why and when?);
  • collaborative care in pharmacotherapy of demented patients.

Keywords:

  • dementia pharmacotherapy;
  • evidence-based pharmacotherapy;
  • polypharmacy;
  • prescribing strategies;
  • prescribing and deprescribing;
  • medication problems;
  • care levels;
  • non-pharmacological treatments;
  • collaborative care.

Panel 3: Research in dementia on potentially modifiable risk factors

Research in dementia including the “nine potentially modifiable risk factors… : low educational level in childhood, hearing loss, hypertension, obesity, smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation, and diabetes.”*

Livingston, G., Sommerlad, A., Orgeta, V., Costafreda, S.G., Huntley, J., Ames, D., Ballard, C., Banerjee, S., Burns, A., Cohen-Mansfield, J. and Cooper, C., 2017. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care. The Lancet390(10113), p.2615.