National conference to tackle ageing society

Photo of Professor Paul Kingston

A national conference looking at issues around end of life and dementia is due to take place in Stafford next week.

It will give experts from across the country an opportunity to share research and explore personal perspectives, developing a joined up approach to coping with an ageing society.

The conference will take place at Staffordshire University days after The National Audit Office released a critical strategy report on Improving Dementia services in England.

Speakers will include Mrs Barbara Pointon MBE.  Barbara was at the centre of controversy in 2007 after filming her husband’s final moments for a groundbreaking documentary, which aimed to expose the plight of dementia sufferers and the struggles of carer’s in the UK.

She will be joined at the conference on Wednesday 27 January 2010 by a selection of experts and university academics, including Staffordshire’s own Professor Paul Kingston who will chair the national event.

Paul has led important national research on dementia, so the conference is at the core of what his department does within Staffordshire University’s Centre for Aging and Mental Health.  Most recently, Paul and Professor Susan Benbow were awarded a grant of £33,000 by the British Medical Association, to implement a study which hopes to address the needs of dementia sufferers and their carer’s.

Topics also covered by the conference will include ‘Palliative and end of life care’, ‘Dementia care at home’, and ‘Work regarding the gold standard framework in care homes in South Staffordshire.’

For more information about the conference, please contact:


Centre for Ageing and Mental Health
Staffordshire University
BL167, Blackheath Lane
ST18 0AD
t: +44 (0)1785 353742