Between the 26th-28th October 2016, John Keady was an invited guest at the School of Nursing, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. During his time with the School of Nursing, John was able to: co-facilitate a workshop with prof Alison Phinney from the School of Nursing, UBC which was named ‘Engaging People with Dementia in Research: Pushing the Envelope’ ; take part in a 2-hour symposium on ‘Transformative Practices in Long-Term Care’ with a variety of speakers, including key policy makers in British Columbia; spend a morning and lunchtime with younger people with dementia living in the community who are part of Paul’s Club; and meet a number of postgraduate students, including a PhD student who has a key role in the World Young Leaders on Dementia network.
On the Thursday evening during his stay (27th October) John gave the ‘2016 Marion Woodward Lecture’ which he called ‘Dementia: New Paths to Understanding’. This keynote lecture took place at the UBC Robson Square lecture theatre and was open to the public. The lecture was attended by over 100 delegates, including people living with dementia, and it was the first time in its 48-year history that the Marion Woodward lecture had been delivered by an international speaker and the first time since 1977 that it was in the topic area of ageing. During his presentation, John was able to share some of the research work being undertaken for the Neighbourhoods and Dementia study.
It was a really productive and enjoyable visit with the only drawback being that it rained constantly. Just like being in Manchester really, but with the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver island as picturesque, and breathtaking, backdrops to everyday life.