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Defy Dementia event – 16th September

The general public are invited to a free event taking place at Lancaster University on Saturday 16th September, 10am – 3.30pm, called the Defying Dementia Day.


This meeting is a unique opportunity to bring together everyone in the North West with an interest in dementia – staff and volunteers of dementia associations, people living with dementia, family members, clinicians, care professionals and scientists – to share and learn from one another.


One of the sessions will focus on updates in research and medical initiatives, the other on living well with dementia. These short informative talks will last 25 minutes allowing 5 minutes for questions, the day will conclude with a panel discussion chaired by BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore.


Speakers include Gary Rycroft, Partner, Joseph A. Jones & Co. Solicitors, Chris Moore, Occupational Therapist, MAC Clinical Research, Lorraine Butterworth, Admiral Nurse, Royal British Legion, Professor Christine Milligan, Director for Centre for Ageing Research, Professor Chris McWilliam, Consultant Psychiatrist, MAC Clinical Research and Professor David Allsop, Neuroscientist, Defying Dementia.


The conference is to be chaired by Dr Penny Foulds, Lancaster University and MAC Clinical Research and Dianne Smith, Matron for Dementia, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust.


“We’re very lucky here in the North West that Lancaster is leading the way in defying dementia,” says  Dr Penny Foulds, Honorary Researcher at Lancaster University and Defying Dementia Day organiser, “we have excellent support and information networks compared to other areas of the UK.


There will be activities for people living with dementia, including reminiscese workshops by Lancashire Memories, reminiscence therapy using iPads provided by Blackburn with Darwen Council Community Learning and colouring workshops with My Colourful Memories.


Free parking is available behind the George Fox Building at visitor car parking area D (see here for the campus map). The event itself is free of charge.


The Defying Dementia Day is sponsored by the Centre for Ageing Research, Lancaster University in association with MAC Clinical Research and The Bay Dementia Hub.


For more information on the Defying Dementia Day, and to register, go to or phone 01524 592376.



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