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Innovative Dementia Australia technology solutions and programs helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers are being showcased at the Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference 2022 in London this week.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the organisation’s world class technology products will be displayed (from June 9-11) alongside presentations on the organisation’s approach to providing specialist, dementia palliative care and effective, strategic government applications.

“The Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) Conference is the longest running international conference on dementia and attracts delegates from all corners of the world,” McCabe said. 

“Dementia Australia’s contribution to improving the lives of people living with dementia has been accepted to be shared on a world stage at this conference, which is testament to the incredible work of our staff.”

Dementia Australia will be showcasing three technology-focused products at the ADI Conference 2022 — the Ask Annie app, the virtual avatar program Talk with Ted and EDIE the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience.

Ask Annie is a mobile app that offers short, self-paced learning modules to help care workers refresh their skills and learn tips and tools to provide better care to people living with dementia.

Since its Australian launch in 2021, it has been downloaded more than 5000 times.

Talk with Ted is an award-winning immersive experience, designed to educate care workers to better communicate with and support people living with dementia.

It uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to provide an online simulation of a typical communication experience between a care worker and someone living with dementia.

EDIE is an immersive experience which enables participants to see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia.

Utilising virtual reality technology, it enhances the knowledge of dementia whilst exploring enablement strategies to support the person living with dementia to live more confidently.

In addition to technology presentations, Dementia Australia’s Nightingale Program will be presented.

The Nightingale Program is a palliative model of care for people living with dementia provided by specialist nurses and focuses on promoting choice and wellbeing.

McCabe is attending the conference to share with the international delegates from Alzheimer’s and dementia organisations from around the world about Dementia Australia’s government relations strategy that led to the A$229.4 million in funding for quality dementia care announced in the 2021-22 federal budget.

“By sharing our government relations advocacy and strategies other international leaders in dementia may be inspired to enact similar strategies,” McCabe said.

“The ADI Conference 2022 will also be an exciting opportunity to learn from others and to be informed by what more we can do to improve the lives of Australians impacted by dementia.”

The 35th Global Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International 2022, New horizons in dementia: Building on hope, will be held at Kia Oval, London UK and virtually between June 9 and 11, 2022.

Follow #ADI2022 on social media for updates.

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