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When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Where: Odense Congress Centre
Ørbækvej 350

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Technology-Based Dementia Care Conference

Learn about the newest trends in the field of dementia from acknowledged researchers, health and care specialists, innovative practitioners and associations representing people suffering from dementia and their relatives.


Medicine is not the only way to treat people suffering from dementia. Disease prevention, rehabilitation and environmental therapy are some of the approaches to the illness gaining ground. The first experiences with a more holistic approach to the persons suffering from dementia indicates that involving the health professionals and the relatives in a combination with use of technological solutions gives new ways of handling the disease which promote quality of life for everyone involved.


The conference is international and the language is English.


Target Group

Decision makers from various health professions as well as administrative departments in municipalities, hospitals and private health organizations. Patient and relative associations, educational and research institutions, companies developing and implementing technology for people with dementia, politicians and other interested parties.


Benefits from participating

·       Get updated with recent research and cases regarding dementia and technology-based care

·       Get inspired by innovative technology in the technological health market today and tomorrow

·       Gain knowledge for prioritization and investment in the field of dementia care

·       Achieve insight into cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary efforts supporting patients, relatives and health professionals

·       Develop and strengthen your network across health professions in different sectors, e.g. research and education professionals, technology suppliers, etc.



09:00   Registration and breakfast in WHINN EXHIBITION


09:30   Introduction to the conference programme in audio and images


09:40   Trends in Technology-Based Dementia Care 
Running through the headlines from assisted living and healthy ageing initiatives the last 10 years – what have we learned and how do we work on including society, relatives and volunteers in the treatment and care for elderly in the future? How can we ensure that technologies play a positive role? And how do we keep focus on the mantra: 1. Safety, 2. Effectiveness and 3. Person-centred care?
Professor George Crooks, Chief Executive Officer at the Digital Health Institute, Scotland.


10:00   Acknowledged Research, Practical Principles and Technology Go Hand in Hand 
How does Swedish Care International, SCI, cooperate with ‘Stiftelsen Silviahemmet’, researchers and practitioners and turn the knowledge into practice driven education as well as implementation of evidence-based principles of dementia care? Swedish Care International combines ‘Stiftelsen Silviahemmet's’ training and education and SCI´s use of technology, and the experiences are acknowledged and implemented in several countries throughout Europe and Asia. These years, the organization expands the innovative quality in dementia care by implementing an ambitious digitalisation strategy.
Dr. Karin Lind-Mörnesten, CEO, Swedish Care International, Sweden.


10:20   Dementia Talk between experts


10:30   Coffee Break in WHINN EXHIBITION


11:00   Visions for Technology-Based Dementia Care
Choose one of the three tracks:

1.     Educational Training of Health Professionals - Getting ready for tomorrow 
How do we develop health educations with integration of technology-based dementia care? How do we educate nurses etc. to support the dementia action plans with a technological approach? What does a quality curriculum look like building a bridge from theory and methodology to the everyday work in hospitals, nursing homes etc. And does the educational system have the power to push the health sector in order to make technology play a larger role? 

2.     Involving Relatives and Volunteers in Technology-Based Care
Today as much as in the future, a lot of other people than care professionals play a crucial role in supporting people with dementia and their families. Dementia is an illness causing a lot of suffering for the spouses and family as well as the person having the diagnose. This is an issue that must be dealt with more intensively and technological support has shown some interesting results. 

3.     Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods - Visions for a Good Life 
How can we develop a way of living that prevent development of dementia? How do we support a meaningful life for people with dementia as well as their relatives and the health professionals? And how do we attract citizens in every phase of their life to contribute and benefit from a dementia friendly neighbourhood. How can technological solutions play a crucial role in connection to people and contribute to quality of life for all parties? Get inspired by a vision that is about to become a reality.

The conference track is developed in cooperation with OK-fonden (Foundation), Brian Skov Nielsen, Member of the City Council of Odense, Aster Schepel, MD Preventive Medicine and Chairman for Magurittens Venner (Dementia Interest Organiszation). 

Moderated by Mette Damkjær Syse, Head of CoLab, Odense.


12:00   Developing Technology-Based Dementia Care in connection to governmental strategies
These years many countries develop and start implementing ambitious strategic dementia plans. How can we support reaching the goals by implementing meaningful technology and digital solutions? How can we mobilize forces across health sectors, knowledge institutions, relatives and companies?
Rikke Gregersen, Lecturer, Ph.D., and Research Director at VIA Aging and Dementia, Centre for Research, VIA University College.


12:20   Guided tour in Innovative Dementia Technology – in WHINN EXHIBITION
A tailored guided walk through the innovative technology-based care existing on the market of today and a sneak peek into tomorrow.


13:10   Lunch Break


14:10 Technology-Based Dementia Care across sectors
Choose one of the three tracks: 

1.     Educating Care Staff in Care Centres – Technological Knowledge Sharing   
Dementia experts from nursing schools cooperate with the Danish Health Authority in order to lift the quality level of care for elderly with dementia. How is the work structured and what is the connection between pedagogical approaches and the IT systems that organize the daily work?
Kim Koldby, Chief Consultant, University College Lillebælt. ALTAS; Assistive Living Training and Skills.


2.     Living with Dementia at home - Supporting Cognitive Abilities 
How can technology support an independent living for people with dementia and their relatives? Is it possible to support cognitive ability? How can safety issues be dealt with? And how does assisted living technology support and promote an active living. What are the challenges for patients and relatives and how can care professionals support and interact?
The conference track is developed in cooperation with the Danish Alzheimer's association and National Knowledge Centre for Dementia.
Laila Øksnebjerg
, Neuropsychologist, PhD, Danish Dementia Research Centre and University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.


3.     A Dementia Friendly Hospital - Training Health Personnel in all Clinical Sections 
In the process of developing the first Danish dementia friendly hospital, how do we create a safe journey from entering the hospital to leaving the hospital after a successful treatment? How can the life story of the dementia patient as well as involvement of several technologies play a central role in healing somatic illnesses and relieving symptoms of dementia?
The conference track is developed in cooperation with OUH - Odense University and Svendborg Hospital and Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark
Peder Jest, Director, OUH Odense University Hospital. 


15:10   Coffee Break in WHINN EXHIBITION

15:35   Implementing Technology-Based Dementia Care
How do we implement technology-based dementia care across sectors? How do interdisciplinary efforts and trust play crucial roles? Are we ready to deal with the challenges in an ethical way? What are the obstacles and where are the drivers?
Shabs Rajasekharan, Director & Co-Founder of Smarter Futures EEIG, partner in The European Innovation Partnership on Health and Active Ageing (EIP-AHA) and Community of regions for assisted living (CORAL), Spain.


15:55   Wrapping Up the Conference


Organised by 

The conference is organized by Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Innovation, Demantec and i collaboration with Patient@home, CoLab Odense, Odense University Hospital - Svendborg, VIA University College and University College Lillebælt, et al. 


The conference is part of the South DENMARK eHealth ECOsystem by ECHAlliance that promotes collaboration and coordination of combined efforts within digital health. See more




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The conference is free of charge and have limited tickets up to 175. There is a no-show-fee on the amount of 1000 DKR/ EURO 135 if your ticket is not cancelled at latest on the 6th of October.



Registration on WHINN's official registration website. Click on the REGISTRATION, enter your general information and select the WHINN events you wish to participate in.


More info:

Krista Ebsen Blaabjerg

Senior Consultant

Welfare Tech

Event coordination, network development and WHINN

T: +45 3139 7892

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