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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Lets talk about dementia conference

Dr Dawn Edge, Senior Lecturer & Winston Churchill Fellow, The University of Manchester & New Testament Church of God.

Friday 23 October 2015

‘Let’s talk about dementia’ was a free public event which aimed to increase knowledge and awareness of dementia and mental illness, and improve early diagnosis.  Currently there are 18,000 people living with a diagnosis of dementia across Greater Manchester and a similar number who do not have a diagnosis and therefore are not accessing any support.  

This event was held with the New Testament Church of God (NTCG) Old Trafford as a ‘Faith & Dementia’ conference. NTCG’s has a vision of becoming a ‘dementia-friendly’ church and supporting the wider community.  

The event highlighted opportunities for participating in research and showed how these studies can increase our understanding of dementia and deliver better treatments and improved quality of life.

Let’s Talk About Dementia Conference Programme included the following:



  • Dementia Friends information: adults (Gemma Stringer)
  • Dementia Friends information: children & young people (Charlotte Adams)
  • Carers’ Workshop: ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia Carers’ (Sally Ferris)
  • Life story work (Dr Polly Kaiser, Life Story Network)
  • Dementia Choir (Kadria Thomas) - come and join us!