The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice, a joint partnership between University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and Alzheimer Scotland, hosted a number of public dementia-related events at the University’s Hamilton Campus last week.
On Thursday 13 August, from 12.30pm to 4pm, a series of mini lectures and information sessions were held where visitors got the opportunity to hear the experiences of people who received a diagnosis of dementia whilst still in employment. Family carer and employer perspectives were also given, plus an update on the Alzheimer’s Society funded research project at UWS on dementia in the workplace.
This was followed by an inaugural lecture from UWS Visiting Professor Iva Holmerova, Charles University in Prague. The lecture, which ran from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, saw those in attendance receiving a thought provoking address from Professor Holmerova about Dementia care in her home town of Prague and dementia projects that she has been involved in that incorporate dance. Iva, who is the Director and a consultant geriatrician at the Centre of Gerontology, Prague. She is also the president of the Czech Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics and the Chairperson of the Czech Alzheimer Society.