ADI, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) and HelpAge International are coming together to host a vital webinar on key issues emerging around dementia care and palliative care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been avoidable gaps in knowledge, especially around scarcity of resources, access to treatment and care and lack of clarity around treatment and triage protocols. There has also been widespread ageism and older people have faced particular challenges in accessing services and support. There has been insight and learning too, but it is essential that both dementia specific and palliative specific care are not neglected in future waves or during similar pandemic situations, and that older people, most affected by
People living with dementia and their families – similarly, people in need of palliative care - have suffered as a consequence and we must ask: how can we distil lessons from the COVID experience to date and ensure the implementation of better policies and practices as part of public health responses to health emergencies?
This 75-minute session, moderated by ADI’s CEO Paola Barbarino, will include a panel discussion with experts including:
• Dr Stephen Connor – Executive Director, Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA)
• Justin Derbyshire – Chief Executive, HelpAge International
• Christine Thelker – Dementia advocate and member of Dementia Alliance International from Canada
• Dr Zipporah Ali - Kenya Hospices Palliative Care Association, Board Member of WHPCA and Alzheimer's & Dementia Organisation Kenya (ADOK)
• Pao Pheng – Caregiver from Indonesia
• Dr Liz Sampson – Principal Investigator, EMBED (Empowering Better End of Life Dementia Care), University College London
• Dr Adam Gordon – Vice President of Academic Affairs, British Geriatrics Societyand Professor of the Care of Older People, University of Nottingham
If you have any questions for the panellists, please send them to us in advance.