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Agnes Houston Vice-Chair of EWGPWD co-hosts Scottish Conference Gov.Connect

Wednesday 14 September 2016

My name is Agnes Houston I am proud to be a founder member of the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) for the last two years.

I was asked to write an article about my experience co-chairing The Gov.Connect Scottish Conference 2016. The other co-chair was the Dr Sue Northrop Vice Chair of the British Psychological Society Scotland.

Let me tell you a little about Gov.Connect - it is a social enterprise dedicated to assisting the wide range of organisations in the UK & EU challenged with delivering health and social care policy they seek to, to ensure that the vision for health and care is delivered upon across all UK and European geographies and administrations.

This dementia Scotland 2016 conference had a wide range of delegates, speakers, sponsors.

It was called “a Human rights-based approach to care” and we followed the dementia language guidelines.

A lot of sharing learning and networking happened at this conference. The venue was a challenge for people with dementia but with some better signage and help it could have been a better experience. I spoke with one of the conference participants about making a signage package and conference guidance that conference organisers could follow so for me this was a good outcome.

Not only did I co-chair but I was asked to talk about the “Dementia and sensory challenges” booklet, which was well received and according to Life Changes Trust 15,000 Copies of the booklet and DVD are currently circulating around the world. Hammond Care has recently taken over the printing and distribution in Australia. This booklet has currently been translated into five other languages. People with dementia and their carers have taken it to General Practitioners audiologists, opticians to help explain their symptoms.

I spent the next two days resting and recovering from participating in this event but for me personally, I believe it's by continually campaigning and challenging my brain, exercising, doing yoga and eating healthily that I can keep living as well as I can after ten years with a diagnosis of dementia of the Alzheimer type.


Agnes Houston, Vice Chair, EWGPWD