The fifth International Dementia Care Conference, organised by Sonas apc, will take place at the RDS Dublin on the 16-17 April on the theme of ‘Innovation, Inclusion, Empowerment’. There will be a special strand at the conference devoted to ‘The Creative Arts and Dementia Care: Opening a World of Possibilities’ and the Hilgos Foundation (US) will present and discuss the documentary film I Remember Better When I Paint.

A very exciting line up of speakers will present on the role that the creative arts can and does play in the care of people with dementia: Ann Leahy from Age & Opportunity, Sandra de Bru from Glendale Nursing Home, musician and psychotherapist Anne Colgan from the Haven Group, Szymon Fijalkowski and Victoria Ptak from Newpark Care Centre.

A poster on ‘Arts and Health Partnerships in the Role of Dementia Care: Case Studies from’ will be presented by at the main conference day on 16 April.

There will also be a programme of two free events, including a screening of I Remember Better When I Paint on the 16 April at the Avila Centre in Donnybrook. This acclaimed 2009 documentary film looks at the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Berna Huebner, who co-directed the film, will present at the conference. A panel discussion will follow the evening screening of the documentary, led by Sarah Binchy, producer of Arts Tonight on RTE Radio One, with leading dementia experts, including Professor Des O’Neill, Consultant Geriatrician in Tallaght Hospital, and Maurice O’Connell, CEO of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

The full conference programme can be viewed here:

To book a place at the conference please visit or email Special concession rates for people with dementia, family carers, students, OAPs.

To view the free events and book a place please visit


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