Older Minds, New Ideas

A one-day conference for multidisciplinary staff working with older people with mental health problems 


Forgotten Issues

13th of October 2016

0930-0950   Registration

0950-1000   Dr Amrita Varanasi

Consultant Psychiatrist, Aneurin Bevan Health Board


1000-1045   Dr Max Harper

Retired Consultant Psychiatrist

"Remembrance of things past"

1045-1130   Simon O'Donovan/Dr Dragana Turic

Lead, Young Onset Service/Consultant Psychiatrist

Cardiff and Vale Health Board

"Young Onset Dementia Service"

1130-1200 Coffee Break

1200-1245    Kate Woolveridge

Musical Director of Forget Me Not Chorus

"The Forget Me Not Chorus"

1245-1330    Lunch Break

1330-1415    Professor Graeme Yorston

Consultant Adult and Old Age Psychiatrist, Honorary Consultant Forensic Neuropsychiatrist, Broadmoor Hospital

"Offending in Older Adults"

1415-1500    Dr Inder Singh

Clinical Director, Geriatrics, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, Consultant Physician and Geriatrician

"Impact of inpatient falls - How to never forget this issue ever again"

1500-1515    Coffee Break

1515-1600    Steve Bartley

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

"Domestic abuse of older people - A hidden problem"


Back to the Future

15th of October 2015

Professor Alison Wray

School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University.

"Why linguistics is central to Alzheimer's research"

Dr Patrick Chance

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist, Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

"A New Older Adults Mental Health Liaison Initiative - Setting up and Outcomes of a Pilot RAID Service in Newport" 

Professor Bob Woods

Professor of Clinical Psychology of the Elderly, Bangor University.

"Making a Difference - Cognitive Stimulation Therapy"


Beti George

Broadcaster and Journalist

"A carer's perspective on dementia and dementia care"


Dr David Wilkinson

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist

"Evidence based prescribing in dementia - current advances in research."

Dr Claire Hilton

Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist

Central and North West London Foundation NHS Trust

"Barbara Ford: A Woman the Government Feared: Improving the Care of Older People in the 1960s"




23rd of October 2014


Professor Phil Fennell, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University 

"DoLS/MHA legal landscape post Cheshire-West"


Sue Phelps, Director Alzheimer's Society Wales & Rhiannon Davies, chair of the Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community group.

"Dementia Supportive Communities in Wales"


Dr Bob Colgate, Consultant Psychiatrist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board

"Dislocation - is it worth the pain? Innovation in Referral Management"


Dr Rob Powell, Consultant Neurologist, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, "Rapidly progressing dementia syndromes”


Rachel Mortimer, Founder "Engage and Create"

"Bringing Artworks into Dementia Care Homes"


Professor Roy Jones, Consultant Geriatrician, Director of The Research Institute for the Care of Older People, Royal United Hospital, Bath.

"Finding everyone with dementia? Can we find them? Should we find them? How many are there to find?"

Older Minds New Ideas 2013


24th October 2013 at Village Hotel, Cardiff.

Dr David Howells: Antipsychotic Prescribing Program

Alison O’Connor: Life Story Work

Dr James Warner: Wither old age psychiatry

Gail Lewis & Cherry Steward: Mindfulness for Wellbeing - Exploring the use of mindfulness based therapy with older adults.

Dr Chris Baker: Staff stress in care homes for people living with dementia

NCMH Prof Ian Jones: “What has the National Centre for Mental Health ever done for us?”

Professor Peter Passmore: Nutrition in Dementia

Dr Sabari Muthukrishnan: Forensic Risk in Old Age

Older Minds New Ideas 2012


3rd October 2012 at Village Hotel, Cardiff.

Dr Julia Lewis, Consultant Psychiatrist: “Alcohol-related cognitive impairment”
Dr Doug MacMahon, Consultant Physician:
“Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Roll: Parkinson’s Disease Update”
Sarah Teagle & Kate Woolveridge:
“The Forget-me-not Chorus”
Professor Susan Benbow: 
“Old and grey and full of sleep? Ageing, sexuality and dementia”
Dr Rosslyn Offord & Lucy Young: 
“Trying to see it my way: Supporting each other to live well with dementia”
Professor Antony Bayer:
“Psychogeriatrics: not so bad after all”