Trends in Dementia Research and Technology-Based Care

Learn about the newest trends in the field of dementia from acknowledged researchers, health and care specialists, innovative practitioners and associations representing people suffering from dementia and their relatives.

Odense Congress Centre

Ørbækvej 350

DK - 5220 Odense SØ

Start: 11.10.2017 | at 9:00 AM

End: 11.10.2017 | at 4:00 PM

Medicine is not the only way to treat people suffering from dementia. Disease prevention, rehabilitation and environmental therapy are some of the approaches to the illness gaining ground. The first experiences with a more holistic approach to the persons suffering from dementia indicates that involving the health professionals and the relatives in a combination with use of technological solutions gives new ways of handling the disease which promote quality of life for everyone involved.

The conference is international and the language is English.

Target group

Decision makers from various health professions as well as administrative departments in municipalities, hospitals and private health organizations. Patient and relative associations, educational and research institutions, companies developing and implementing technology for people with dementia, politicians and other interested parties.
Students can apply for participation but we cannot guarentee that tickets are available.

Benefits from participating

  • Get updated with recent research and cases regarding dementia and technology-based care
  • Get inspired by innovative technology in the technological health market today and tomorrow
  • Gain knowledge for prioritization and investment in the field of dementia care
  • Achieve insight into cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary efforts supporting patients, relatives and health professionals
  • Develop and strengthen your network across health professions in different sectors, e.g. research and education professionals, technology suppliers, etc.


09:00   Registration 

09:30   Introduction to the conference programme in audio and images
Christina E. Wanscher has been working in the field of digitalisation and innovation in the health and social care sectors on a national as well as European level for more than a decade. She will bring her experience from both public and private organizations into the agenda of the conference.
Introduction and moderation of the day by Christina E. Wanscher, Public Intelligence, Denmark.

09:40   Trends in Technology-Based Care  
Running through the headlines from assisted living and healthy ageing initiatives the last 10 years – what have we learned and how do we work on including society, relatives and volunteers in the treatment and care for elderly in the future? How can we ensure that technologies play a positive role? And how do we keep focus on the mantra: 1. Safety, 2. Effectiveness and 3. Person-centered care?
Donna Henderson, Head of European Engagement, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, Scotland.

10:00   Acknowledged Research, Practical Principles And Technology Go Hand in Hand 
How does Swedish Care International cooperate with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, researchers and practitioners and turn the knowledge into practice driven education as well as implementation of evidence-based principles of dementia care? Swedish Care International  combines Stiftelsen Silviahemmet's training and education and SCI's use of technology, and the experiences are acknowledged and implemented in several countries throughout Europe and Asia. These years, the organization expands the innovative quality in dementia care by implementing an ambitious digitalisation strategy.
Dr. Karin Lind-Mörnesten, CEO, Swedish Care International, Sweden.

10:20   Dementia Talk between experts

10:30   Coffee break and breakfast in WHINN EXHIBITION

11:00   Visions for Technology-Based Dementia Care
Choose one of the three tracks:

  • Educational Training of Health Professionals - Getting ready for tomorrow (Track A - conference room 7+8)
    How do we develop health educations with integration of technology-based dementia care? How do we educate nurses etc. to support the dementia action plans with a technological approach? What does a quality curriculum look like building a bridge from theory and methodology to the everyday work in hospitals, nursing homes etc. And does the  educational system have the power to push the health sector in order to make technology play a larger role? 
    Rikke Gregersen, Docent, Ph.D., and Research Director at VIA Ageing and Dementia Centre for Research, VIA University College, Denmark.
    Elisabeth Agerbæk, Lecturer in multimedia and IT, Lillebaelt Academy – University of Applied Sciences, Denmark.
    Moderated by Lise Ringkvist, Project Manager for Demantec, Health Innovation Center of Southern Denmark.

  • Involving Relatives and Volunteers in Technology-Based Care (Track B - conference room 24)
    Today as much as in the future, a lot of other people than care professionals play a crucial role in supporting people with dementia and their families. Dementia is an illness causing a lot of suffering for the spouses and family as well as the person having the diagnose. This is an issue that has to be dealt with more intensively and technological support has shown some interesting results. 
    The conference track is developed in cooperation with the Danish Alzheimer's Association.
    Eva Stawicki, cand.scient.san.publ, Project Manager for Demensven match, Denmark.
    Donna Henderson, Head of European Engagement, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, Scotland. 
    Moderated by Christina E. Wanscher, Public Intelligence, Denmark.

  • Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods - Visions for a Good Life (Track C - conference room 26)
    How can we develop a way of living that prevent development of dementia? How do we support a meaningful life for people with dementia as well as their relatives and the health professionals? And how do we attract citizens in every phase of their life to contribute and benefit from a dementia friendly neighbourhood. How can technological solutions play a crucial role in connection to people and contribute to quality of life for all parties? Get inspired by a vision that is about to become a reality.
    The conference track is developed in cooperation with the OK-Foundation; Brian Skov Nielsen, Member of the City Council of Odense; and Aster Schepel, MD Preventive Medicine and Chairman for Magurittens Venner (Dementia Interest Organisation).  
    Paul Erik Weidemann, CEO, OK Foundation, Denmark.
    Moderated by Mette Damkjær Syse, Head of CoLab, Odense.

12:00   Developing Technology-Based Dementia Care in connection to governmental strategies
These years many countries develop and start implementing ambitious strategic dementia plans. How can we support reaching the goals by implementing meaningful technology and digital solutions? How can we mobilize forces across health sectors, knowledge institutions, relatives and companies?
Rikke Gregersen, Docent, Ph.D., and Research Director at VIA Ageing and Dementia Centre for Research, VIA University College, Denmark.

12:20   Guided tour in Innovative Dementia Technology – in WHINN EXHIBITION
A tailored guided walk through the innovative technology-based care existing on the market of today and a sneak peak into tomorrow.

13:10   Lunch Break

14:10 Technology-Based Dementia Care across sectors
Choose one of the three tracks: 

  • Educating Care Staff in Care Centres – Technological Knowledge Sharing (Track D - conference room 7+8)  
    Dementia experts from nursing schools cooperate with the Danish Health Authority in order to lift the quality level of care for elderly with dementia. How is the work structured and what is the connection between pedagogical approaches and the IT systems that organize the daily work?
    Kim Koldby, Chief Consultant, University College Lillebælt. ALTAS; Assistive Living Training and Skills, Denmark.
    Marianne Røjgaard, Dementia Consultant, Hedensted Municipality
    , Denmark.
    Moderated by Lise Ringkvist, Project Manager  for Demantec, Health Innovation Center of Southern Denmark.
  • Living with Dementia at home - Supporting Cognitive Abilities (Track E - conference room 24)
    How can technology support an independent living for people with dementia and their relatives? Is it possible to support cognitive ability? How can safety issues be dealt with? And how does assisted living technology support and promote an active living. What are the challenges for patients and relatives and how can care professionals support and interact?
    The conference track is developed in cooperation with Danish Dementia Research Centre.
    Laila ØksnebjergNeuropsychologist, Danish Dementia Research Centre and University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Denmark.
    Donna Henderson, Head of European Engagement, Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare, Scotland. 
    Moderated by Christina E. Wanscher, Public Intelligence, Denmark.
  • A Dementia Friendly Hospital - Training Health Personnel in all Clinical Sections (Track F - conference 26)
    In the proces of developing the first Danish dementia friendly hospital, how do we create a safe journey from entering the hospital to leaving the hospital after a successful treatment? How can the life story of the dementia patient as well as involvement of several technologies play a central role in healing somatic illnesses and relieving symptoms of dementia?
    The conference track is developed in coperation with OUH - Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital and Health Innovation Center of Southern Denmark.
    Peder Jest, Director, OUH Odense University Hospital, Denmark. 
    Janeke Espensen, Head nurse and responsible of dementia friendly projects, OUH - Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital, Denmark.
    Moderated by Ann Nielsen, Project Leader, National Initiative on Dementia Friendly Hospitals, Danish Dementia Research Centre, Denmark. 

15:10   Coffee Break in WHINN EXHIBITION

15:35   Implementing Technology-Based Dementia Care
How can we implement technology-based dementia care across populations, cultures and regions? How do we build trust between departments and interdisciplinary teams? How can we identify enablers and drivers in our organisations. What likely obstacles lay ahead? 
Shabs Rajasekharan, Director & Co-Founder of Smarter Futures EEIG, Partner in The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) and Community of regions for assisted living (CORAL), Spain.

15:55   Wrapping Up the Conference

Organised by 

The conference is organized by Welfare Tech Innovation Network for Health and Innovation, Demantec and i collaboration with Patient@home, CoLab Odense, Odense University Hospital - Svendborg, VIA University College and University College Lillebælt, et al. 

The conference is held as a part of Demantec, which is financed by Interreg Deutschland-Danmark with fundings from the European Regional Development Fund.

The conference is part of the South DENMARK eHealth ECOsystem by ECHAlliance that promotes collaboration and coordination of combined efforts within digital health. See more 



Odense Congress Centre
Ørbækvej 350
Odense SØ

Date, Start:

at 9:00 AM

Date, End:

at 4:00 PM


Welfare Tech, and Patient@Home


The conference is free of charge and have limited tickets up to 175. There is a no-show-fee on the amount of 1000 DKR/ EURO 135 if your ticket is not cancelled at latest on the 6th of October.

More info:

Registration on WHINN's official registration website. Click on the REGISTRATION, enter your general information and select the WHINN events you wish to participate in. 



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Welfare Tech is​ co-financed by the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and The European Regional Development Fund.

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