28th November 2012, The Actuarial Profession, Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ, 16:30 (for a 16:55 start) – 19:30

The Prime Minister’s challenge on dementia launched in 2012 stated “Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face today – and it is one that we as a society simply cannot afford to ignore any longer. We have made some good progress over the last few years, but there’s still a long way to go. Our research knowledge on dementia lags behind other major diseases such as cancer or heart disease”.

The continued gains in longevity, with life expectancy at birth in 2010 reaching 78.2 years for men and 82.3 years for women are a particular challenge for conditions like dementia which increase rapidly with age. Dementia affects around 1 in 100 people aged 65-69 years of age but 1 in 6 of those aged 80 and over.

This event brough together speakers from academic, charity and policy sectors to address the current state of knowledge and the gaps in key areas for dementia service provision:

  • Early prevention
  • Challenges facing general practitioners and the NHS
  • Care homes and end-of-life care
  • Costs of dementia care

This was the first in a series of events being organised by the Actuarial Profession under the theme The Actuarial Profession Mortality Seminar Series: Exploring the future; defining the questions.

Agenda from the event:

16:30 – 16:55
Registration with tea/coffee

16:55 – 17:00
Welcome by co-chairs Tom Dening (The University of Nottingham) and Baroness Sally Greengross (Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre – UK)

17:00 – 17:05
Introduction, James Orr (The Actuarial Profession)

17:05 – 18:05
Presentations from:

  • Clive Ballard (Alzheimer’s Society)
  • Claire Goodman (Professor of Health Care Research)
  • Louise Robinson (RCGP National Champion for Ageing and Older People)

18:05 – 18:55
Panel discussion/debate with speakers and:

  • Martin Green (DH Independent Sector Dementia Champion)
  • Raphael Wittenberg (LSE)

18:55 – 19:00
Close by chair

19:00 – 19.30

Members of the Actuarial Profession attending this event could claim 2 hours CPD.

View and listen to the event here.