News & Events Blogs BRACE Blog Togetherness It’s our annual conference tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to it. Well over two hundred people including some excellent speakers and panellists, all expertly chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis. If you haven’t booked, I’m afraid you’re too late. We were fully booked almost a month ago and we have had a waiting list to take places as the inevitable late cancellations come in. It’s great to be so popular, but we loathe having to turn people away. There will be recorded material from the event online soon, though. Our conference has the title “Together for dementia” - #together4dementia in case you want to check Twitter from time to time after 10am tomorrow. You will notice that the word “together” also appears across the banner photos on our home page – “Together we will defeat dementia”. That really is the key to everything we are trying to do. There is a place for competition in human endeavour, but it’s not in an environment where we all need to be helping one another against a common enemy. Anyone who is trying to overcome dementia in any way is our ally, and we will give them all the help we can. Tomorrow’s gathering will include other charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, which is by far the biggest UK dementia charity, plus some local charities of comparable size to BRACE. It will include representatives of at least four Dementia Action Alliances. There will be stands representing community groups and NHS teams. There will be scientists, clinicians, solicitors, businesses, care home managers and care-at-home providers. There will be people who themselves are living with dementia and people who live with them and help provide care. From among all these, we have tried to ensure that as many different voices as possible are heard during the talks and the panel discussion. It’s the third autumn in a row that we have run a conference on exactly these lines. In previous years, our hope of helping people make new connections and starting new collaborations appears to have been realised. I hope tomorrow will be at least as effective. What makes it exciting is the wide range of expertise and insight that is together in one place. Court of Protection solicitors don’t often get to meet DAA campaigners, for example, or care home managers the research scientists we fund. The more we can get together and share, the more we shall increase our chances of improving support for people with dementia and, of course, finding effective treatments through medical science.