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Some of the world’s leading experts in dementia are set to visit New Zealand this November for Alzheimers NZ’s biennial 2014 conference Dementia: The Future is Now.

Alzheimers NZ has today confirmed its keynote speakers for the conference, which will be held from 14-15 November in Rotorua. The keynote address will be delivered by Australia’s Professor Henry Brodaty who will discuss the progress that has been made in addressing the global dementia challenge and what lies ahead.

Professor Brodaty’s address will be complemented by Professor Steve Iliffe’s (UK) presentation on health promotion and early intervention and Professor Ngaire Kerse’s (NZ) discussion on the demographics of dementia.

Alzheimers NZ Executive Director Catherine Hall, said with a programme featuring world renowned dementia experts, Dementia: The Future is Now will be the pre-eminent conference for the dementia community in 2014.

“We’re at a watershed moment for the dementia community, both here and New Zealand and globally. We want to use this year’s conference to highlight the exciting developments that are occurring in research, prevention, support services and treatment options, and look at what the future holds,” Ms Hall said.

“We’re very pleased to have some of the world’s foremost experts in dementia assisting us in delivering a programme that will showcase these developments to health professionals, people with dementia and their support people, and Alzheimers NZ members.”

Alzheimers New Zealand is now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at Dementia: The Future is Now. For more information visit www.alzheimers.org.nz/conference.

Anyone looking to attend Dementia: The Future is Now can also find out more and register for updates on the conference website.