Healthy Ageing: The Grand Challenge
- 08:30 - 16:45
- Manchester Conference Centre
Dr Carol Sargent PhD, is the creator and founder of social business MindforYou, established in 2014, who offer supported holidays to people living with dementia and their relatives/carers to enjoy together, as an alternative to traditional respite.
Carol was previously a pharmaceutical scientist for 24 years, working for global pharma companies including AstraZeneca and Merck, when she decided to switch her focus after her Mother’s diagnosis of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s in 2007. She felt the respite care concept was unsuitable for both her parents and knew that there had to be a better way to provide support for people living with dementia and their loved ones/carers whilst providing an ongoing advice network alongside.
Combining her unique experience as a pharmaceutical scientist, project managing large multi- disciplinary teams and her life skills acquired through supporting family members and befriending people living with dementia, resulted in the creation of bespoke flexible breaks in the UK which generate clear health and well-being benefits for both the person living with dementia and their informal family carers.