28th International Conference of ADI

Dementia: Action for Global Change
18-20 April 2013, Taipei

ADI partnered with TADA Chinese Taipei to host the 28th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Taipei from 18 to 20 April 2013. More than 1000 delegates including people with dementia, professional and family carers, researchers, clinicians, scientists and staff of national Alzheimer associations gathered in the vibrant city to exchange knowledge and experiences through informative sessions and lively workshops.

Under the heading Dementia: Action for Global Change, the conference featured plenary sessions on such topics as quality of life for people with dementia and carers, challenges for the global health system and prevention and risk factors in dementia. Keynote speakers included Dr Akira Homma from Japan, Dr Peter Foltyn from Australia and Sandrine Andrieu from France.

Workshops hosted by ADI to assist the strengthening of Alzheimer associations worldwide covered various subject matter including fundraising, managing and establishing association branches, and how ADI members can make dementia a global health priority through local action.

A particular highlight of the event was an International Memory Walk hosted by TADA Chinese Taipei, which took place around Taipei City Hall. More than 3000 participants joined the walk, including President Ma Ying-jeou who announced the government’s commitment to improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

People with dementia played a large role in the conference with a strong delegation from Japan present and an inspiring Opening Ceremony dance performance from Hsieh Pao-Tsai Yang and Shang Chih Yang from Taipei. A session organised by and featuring people with dementia from Japan, Australia, Czech Republic, Indonesia and the UK provided a unique insight into their day-to-day lives and favourite activities.

The conference featured some exciting developments including the launch of a new charter developed by international healthcare company Bupa in partnership with ADI. The Charter, I can live well with dementia, outlines the rights that people living with dementia around the world should be able to expect to allow them to live well.

The winners of the 1st ADI-MetLife Foundation Awards for best dementia care education projects were presented during a picturesque conference dinner on the 86th floor of the city’s landmark Taipei 101.

A busy exhibition and poster presentation area brought together the local and international delegation to share their thoughts on their new knowledge and to make connections. Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese were presented with the award for the best exhibition stand based on votes from conference delegates. China’s commitment to the cause was also recognised with the announcement of Chinese Central Television as the winner of the 2013 ADI Award alongside the Hon Mark Butler from Australia who was presented with his award shortly after the conference.

Programme booklet and abstracts downloads:

Presentations from the plenary and other sessions from the 2013 conference are available to view online.

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