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EWGPWD member Nina Baláčková reports on her experience of ADI’s 31st conference

Wednesday 18 May 2016

I was at the 31st Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) last month from 21 to 24 April 2016 in Budapest.

I was happy to meet my colleagues there from the European Working Group of People with Dementia (EWGPWD) - Helga Rohra, Agnes Houston and Hilary Doxford. I also met colleagues from the Dementia Alliance International (DAI) - Kate Swaffer, Prof. Peter Mittler, John Sandblom, Mary Radnofsky and many others in Budapest too.

At the conference, there was very interesting information, and projects from all around the world, including many  speeches by people with dementia. For me, one surprise was Haylo Theatre's “Over the Garden Fence”. The play encourages people to join the discussion, not only about dementia, but about family life as well.

At the conference, there were more than 800 people from all around the world. They spoke very often about human rights and improving the quality of life people with dementia.

I was grateful to be there, to make new friends, and hear new ideas. I came home completely exhausted, but satisfied.

Nina Baláčková, member of the EWGPWD, Czech Republic.

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