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Conference in Berlin explores important issues related to dementia in the acute hospital care setting

Tuesday 12 November 2019

On 12-13 November, the Robert Bosch Stiftung organised a conference on the topic of dementia in hospitals. The first day of the conference was opened by Dr Bernadette Klapper from the Robert Bosch Stiftug and Prof. Konrad Beyreuther from the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. This was a scientific day which addressed a range of important issues such as the autonomy of people with dementia in health/existential border situations, epidemiological perspectives, architectural design, “elder speak”, training, advance care planning, mobility, the use of restraint and the registration and screening processes. This was followed by a practice-orientated day which explored issues such as the experience of people with dementia and their carers in hospital, the impact of spaces and processes on care, good practices in relation to the care of people with dementia and delirium, new care concepts and the establishment of dementia-sensitive hospitals. The conference was well attended and there were lively debates between the speakers and the member of the audience. Dianne Gove from Alzheimer Europe attended this meeting.