This blog follows my international travels to develop a research network, as well as seeing the world and having a holiday!
The comments posted are my views and experiences as I travel for the next 5 weeks.
I am looking forward to two of my children, and one of my grandchildren meeting me on the way. I will undoubtedly miss many people, but then that is what Skype is for!
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Mother's Day I am thankful for having the opportunity to spend some time today with my three children and two grandchildren before leaving good old Blighty and travelling to the Philippines, New Zealand and Japan.
First stop (well after a number of flights over a couple of days...) Dumaguete, Philippines
My fourth week of my travels, time is going so fast. This week I am in Sydney being hosted by the University of Technology Sydney and Professor Debra Jackson. I have had the opportunity to meet some great academics and discuss the development of a number of projects and exchange some important ideas.
During my visit I of course visited a prison, but this time in the form of a museum! Interesting history and understanding of how culture has been addressed within the prison setting in Australia. Also, found a couple of books I wanted to buy, however only purchased one due to my continuing travels and already feel the need to buy another suitcase :O
I was also fortunate to have some time to explore Sydney as this is my first ever visit, and this included the Sydney Opera House, Manly Island and of course the zoo to see some of the Australia wild life - I would really recommend the zoo!
I can't believe after months of planning and excitement, I am now on my fellowship. I have flown from Heathrow to Auckland to explore the work happening in prisons here to support prisoners with dementia.
First stop University of Auckland and a discussion with their health academic staff on dementia and the work being completed more widely and with offenders.
Great chat, and very excited to be visiting a correctional facility tomorrow!
Thank you to Dr Julia Slark for hosting and organizing this event.
Alzheimer's Disease International Conference 2018 - first day
This conference, is the one conference I will always attend the combination of scientists, healthcare professionals, people with dementia and their care partners all presenting together is very powerful. The Dementia Alliance International is run by people with dementia for people with dementia is equally represented at this conference, which is very humbling, inspiring and so informative and thought provoking.
Today, speakers from DAI opening ceremony included John Sandbolm and today's plenary session, Christine Thelker, and later Jerry Wylie. I have included some of their thought providing slides below:
In the afternoon there was also a session on exploring the impact of dementia for people from different cultures. One of which I was very interested in after my recent visit to New Zealand was an understanding of the Maori people regarding dementia and if the current health pathways supported Maori people. I learn…