DZNE Witten’s 9th annual conference – in cooperation with the German Alzheimer Society – took place on the 2nd of October 2018 at the University of Witten/Herdecke with focus on the building of relationships of and with people with dementia. The topic of this year’s conference was: “Relations/Relating...Dementia - Change in Care and Research”.
Prof. Martina Roes, Site Speaker DZNE Witten, Prof. Pierluigi Nicotera, Scientific Director DZNE, Prof. Martina Piefke, University Witten/Herdecke gGmbH, and Sabine Jansen, CEO German Alzheimer Society, welcomed the 170 visitors from different disciplines and fields. The 9th annual conference started with an exciting speech on relationships in dementia from the perspective of a person affected by dementia. Helga Rohra, Dementia activist and member of the European Working Group of People with Dementia, gave an insight into her life with dementia and the challenges on building of relationships. The interested visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the building of relationships of and with people with dementia in different workshops with various foci.
Prof. Ike Kamphof from the University of Maastricht discussed in her speech the ethical challenges of technology development for person-centered care for people with dementia. An insight into the process of building relationships in the context of the German Long-term care insurance was provided by Diana Friede, nursing expert at the MDK Nord-Rhein. Sabine Jansen, CEO German Alzheimer Society, closed the conference with an lecture on changes in legislation to Strengthening Long Term Care. The 10th Annual DZNE Witten will take place on 25th September 2019.