ADI News en A new landmark for people with dementia <p><strong>25 August 2016 </strong>- ADI and Dementia Alliance International (DAI) are calling for action to protect the rights of people with dementia under the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in connection with 16<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Session of the CRPD Committee today in Geneva&nbsp;<a href="">[read the media release] </a></p> <!--break--> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:33:18 +0000 James.Smith 3518 at Recruitment of new Chief Executive Officer <p><strong>1 August 2016</strong> - We are seeking a new Chief Executive Officer, as Marc Wortmann is intending to step down after the next annual conference. For more information, please visit Saxton Bampfylde&#39;s website for the <a href="">CEO appointment details and to apply</a>.</p> Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:22:04 +0000 Michael.Lefevre 3511 at Caregiver training in Malaysia <p><strong>22 August 2016</strong> - ADI&rsquo;s Asia Pacific Regional Office and Alzheimer&#39;s Disease Foundation Malaysia are running a week-long training program for professional caregivers, sponsored partially by CaregiverAsia and supported by trainers from ADA (Singapore)&nbsp;<a href="/media/160822">[read the media release]</a></p> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 10:27:19 +0000 Michael.Lefevre 3515 at Actress Carey Mulligan becomes UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador <p><strong>16 August 2016</strong> - Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan has been appointed by Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the first ever UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador.</p> <!--break--> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/carey-mulligan-dementia-friends-by-photobanks.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 314px;" title="Carey Mulligan, photo by Jonathan Banks - PhotoBanks Ltd" />In her new role, Carey will bring international attention to the benefits of making communities dementia friendly and a renewed focus on the Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society&rsquo;s Dementia Friends programme in England. The Dementia Friendly Communities and Dementia Friends programmes are transforming the way people think, act and talk about dementia.</p> <p>Since 2013, over 1.6 million people have signed up to be a Dementia Friend and over 150 dementia friendly communities have been created in England alone. The aim is to reach 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020 and ADI member associations in Nigeria and Canada have also adopted the programme.</p> <p>Carey&rsquo;s involvement comes ahead of World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month, a global initiative by Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International to raise dementia awareness and tackle stigma worldwide, ADI supports the many activities organised by its 85 member Alzheimer associations and other partners, including Memory Walks, seminars and social media campaigns.</p> <p>Her first action will involve marking World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Day on 21 September by visiting a Youth Group in Los Angeles to talk about dementia awareness.</p> <p>This announcement comes as ADI progresses work with Alzheimer&rsquo;s Society, Dementia Alliance International and other international partners through the Global Alzheimer&rsquo;s and Dementia Action Alliance.</p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, said, &lsquo;ADI is very excited to hear about the appointment of Carey Mulligan as the UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador. As the global dementia organisation, we look forward to working with her on awareness raising and stigma reduction. This work is urgently needed because dementia is misunderstood around the world and, as a result, people living with dementia and their families are excluded from society. The Dementia Friendly Communities programme is a very important initiative that can help ensure that people with dementia are understood, valued and able to contribute to their communities.&rsquo;</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Alzheimer&#39;s Society news release</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><small>Photo by Jonathan Banks</small></p> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:06:21 +0000 Michael.Lefevre 3512 at Big Summer Cycle raises funds for World Alzheimer’s Month <p><strong>29 July 2016 </strong>- Cyclists from Siemens will ride 2,400km in support of World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month from the 1-15 September 2016. Siemens Big Summer Cycle will form part of a global campaign by Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International (ADI) to focus attention on dementia and tackle stigma.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/rectangular_logo.jpg" style="width: 338px; height: 217px; float: right; margin: 5px 15px;" /></strong>More than 60 Cyclists will travel 2400km to 15 locations in 5 countries in the hope of raising &pound;45,000 ($60,000) to be split equally between ADI, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Worldwide Cancer Research and has already raised more than &pound;2,400 ($3,200).</p> <p>ADI encourages individuals and companies to donate now on the Big Summer Cycle website at <a href=""></a></p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International, explained why support for World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month is so important;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are really excited to have the support of so many cyclists riding for the Big Summer Cycle. World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month is a critical time for highlighting the global message that action on dementia is urgent &ndash; and affects everyone no matter whom, or where you are. The support from Siemens will add to events by our members in more than 80 Alzheimer&rsquo;s associations around the world, challenging stigma and attracting the attention of policy makers and global leaders.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/approved%20logo%201%20%28main%20color%29.png" style="float: right; width: 329px; height: 93px; margin: 8px 15px;" />Funds raised will help ADI provide resources, training and support for 85 Alzheimer&rsquo;s associations around the world, with a focus on establishing new associations and improved dementia awareness in low and middle income countries. Dementia affects 46.8 million people worldwide, reaching 131.5 million by 2050.</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:00:00 +0000 James.Smith 3516 at World rocks against dementia again in 2017 <p><strong>11 July 2016</strong> -<strong> </strong>Executie Director Marc Wortmann wrote the following message to encourage support for next year&#39;s World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD) in March 2017.</p> <!--break--> <p>Dear Friends,</p> <div data-contents="true"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="knvg-0-0"><span data-offset-key="knvg-0-0"><span data-text="true"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/WRAD-Poster-2017_0.jpg" style="width: 158px; height: 223px; float: right; margin: 8px 12px;" />I am very excited to let you know that ADI will be supporting another </span></span><span class="_5u8u" data-offset-key="knvg-1-0" spellcheck="false"><span data-offset-key="knvg-1-0"><span data-text="true"><a href="">World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD)</a> campaign </span></span></span><span data-offset-key="knvg-2-0"><span data-text="true">next March. Events around the world will use music for awareness raising and supporting those with dementia and their families. </span></span></div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="5ulgg-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="5ulgg-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="764pq-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="bj1vo-0-0"><span data-offset-key="764pq-0-0"><span data-text="true">This is a powerful way to draw much needed attention for Alzheimer&rsquo;s and dementia and a great way to reach out to the wider community.</span></span></div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="bj1vo-0-0">&nbsp;</div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="bj1vo-0-0"><span data-offset-key="bj1vo-0-0"><span data-text="true">It is a wonderful opportunity to act locally and at the same time to be connected globally in a major joint effort. Last year, more than 29 cities in 15 countries rocked for dementia. </span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="vtet-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="vtet-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="da4td-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="da4td-0-0"><span data-offset-key="da4td-0-0"><span data-text="true">Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International is looking into ways to promote these events and is asking you to stand together with us to ensure a better life for those with dementia. </span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="vmqf-0-0">&nbsp;</div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="3hsad-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="nqar-0-0"><span data-offset-key="3hsad-0-0"><span data-text="true">A UK event for next year&#39;s World Rocks against Dementia is already scheduled for 18 March, 2017. </span></span><span data-offset-key="nqar-0-0"><span data-text="true">We need your help in organising events in your town, city, region or country to make this a truly global event.</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="qqg2-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="qqg2-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="1vsvk-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1vsvk-0-0"><span data-offset-key="1vsvk-0-0"><span data-text="true">You can let us know of your plans by contacting us at <a href=" ?subject=World%20Rocks%20against%20Dementia%20(WRAD)%202017%20%20%20"></a> or find out more about existing World rocks against dementia events on the <a href="">WRAD facebook page</a>. </span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="fmf2j-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="fmf2j-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="evsd1-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="evsd1-0-0"><span data-offset-key="evsd1-0-0"><span data-text="true">Many thanks,</span></span></div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="1di0c-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1di0c-0-0">&nbsp;</div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1di0c-0-0"><img alt="" height="102" src="/sites/default/files/img/marc%20signature.png" width="136" /></div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="1di0c-0-0">&nbsp;</div> </div> <div data-block="true" data-editor="94mge" data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-text="true"><strong>Marc Wortmann</strong> </span></span></div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-text="true">Executive Director</span></span></div> <div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-offset-key="53s9d-0-0"><span data-text="true">Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International</span></span></div> </div> </div> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:32:16 +0000 James.Smith 3508 at Prof Henry Brodaty awarded Ryman Prize <p><strong>22 June 2016</strong> - ADI Honorary Vice President Prof Henry Brodaty has been awarded the international Ryman Prize for his tireless efforts in dementia research over the last 30 years.</p> <p><img alt="" height="424" src="/sites/default/files/img/Henry-Brodaty_0.jpg" style="margin: 5px 15px; float: right;" width="305" />Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (Assessment and Better Care) and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales, Prof Brodaty is a former chairman of ADI, a long-time member and past chair of ADI&rsquo;s Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel and past president of <a href="">Alzheimer&#39;s Australia</a>.</p> <p>Recognised for his commitment to research into Alzheimer&rsquo;s and dementia, Prof. Brodaty has received the NZ$250,000 award this week following more than 400 scientific papers, several books on dementia, and numerous conference presentations, including those at many of ADI&rsquo;s International Conferences on topics including behavioural aspects of dementia and lifestyle factors and dementia.</p> <p>Prof Brodaty said he was thrilled to receive the award, stating, <em>&quot;The Ryman Prize highlights the importance of enhancing the profile of research to improve the quality of life for older people.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>ADI would like to thank Henry for his exceptional work on dementia and ongoing commitment to ADI.</p> <p>Download Prof Brodaty&rsquo;s presentation at the 31<sup>st</sup> International Conference of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International, &lsquo;<a href="">Exercise and Other Lifestyle Factors: Can Cognitive Decline and Dementia Be Prevented?</a>&rsquo; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:04:21 +0000 James.Smith 3507 at WHO adopt Global Action Plan proposal <p><strong>8 June 2016 &ndash; </strong>The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted a proposal to develop a Global Action Plan on Dementia.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/world-health-assembly.jpg" style="margin: 8px; float: right; width: 205px; height: 137px;" />The unanimous decision at the meeting on 30 May followed the involvement of ADI and 12 countries at a successful side event on dementia during the 69<sup>th</sup> World Health Assembly (WHA). ADI have been instrumental in calling for a resolution on dementia and a proposal to develop a global plan on dementia received critical support from the governments of Switzerland and Dominican Republic, with support from all 194 of the member countries represented at the WHA.</p> <p>Joint statements from the European Union, Middle East and African countries were made, with 38 countries speaking during the agenda item and 28 co-sponsoring the proposal.</p> <p>This fantastic news brings us closer to the reality of a WHO Resolution that will go further in committing countries to tackle dementia. Discussions have so far been in hands of governments and, although ADI was able to make a statement, we hope that this will now pave the way for the involvement of stakeholders including people with dementia, family carers, academia and Alzheimer associations.</p> <p>A WHO global action plan will urge a greater commitment by governments worldwide to develop and improve National Dementia Plans, care and support for people with dementia, including the involvement of key stakeholders such as people with dementia and Alzheimer associations globally.</p> <p>We are excited to follow up on this, working closely with our members and <a href="">Dementia Alliance International</a> as well as <a href="">Alzheimer Europe</a> and <a href="">Alzheimer Iberoamerica.</a></p> <p>Key background documents are listed below:</p> <p><a href="">Report on the first WHO Ministerial Conference on Dementia </a></p> <p><a href="/WHO-dementia-report">&lsquo;Dementia: a public health priority&rsquo; joint 2012 report by ADI and the WHO</a></p> <p><a href="/news/adi-intervention-at-world-health-assembly-2016">ADI intervention at the World Health Assembly 2016</a></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:19:18 +0000 James.Smith 3505 at Global Perspective newsletter for June <p><img alt="" height="116" src="/sites/default/files/img/GP-June-2016-image%20.jpg" style="margin: 5px 10px; float: left;" width="80" />The June 2016 issue of our <em>Global Perspective</em> newsletter is now available. This issue includes reports from the 31st International Conference of ADI in Budapest, update on National Dementia Plans and regular features and contributions from Alzheimer associations around the world. <a href="/sites/default/files/pdfs/Global-Perspectives-June-2016.pdf">[Read it now]</a></p> Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:04:48 +0000 James.Smith 3504 at ADI Intervention at the World Health Assembly 2016 <p><strong>26 May 2016</strong> <strong>-</strong> Chair of ADI Glenn Rees made the following intervention today during the World Health Assembly agenda item on the draft global strategy and plan of action on ageing and health. Executive Director Marc Wortmann is attending the 69th World Health Assembly with Glenn Rees, where 194 country representatives are meeting to discuss issues including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and ageing:</p> <p>REF Agenda Item: 13, document A69/17: <strong>Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing: draft global strategy and plan of action on ageing and health</strong></p> <p>My name is Glenn Rees. I am chairman of the board of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International, the global umbrella for 85 national Alzheimer&rsquo;s Associations around the world.</p> <p>We support this report and draft global strategy and plan of action.&nbsp; Ageing is one of the major non-modifiable risk factors for dementia and we believe that many of the issues addressed in the action plan by extension will lead to public health actions that will be supportive of persons living with dementia, their families and professional carers.</p> <p>Let me emphasise four points.</p> <p>Firstly, apart from promoting healthy ageing it is crucial to recognize the fact that many older people have multiple chronic conditions that are not managed well. An ageing policy could be the perfect place to improve care coordination.</p> <p>Secondly, we call on the WHO and all UN agencies to collect data on persons <em>of all ages</em> and end discrimination in policy because we lack information about those over the age of 60 or even in some cases age 49.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thirdly, lack of information on care outcomes holds back the capacity of service providers to improve the quality of care, policy makers to assess how best to prioritise scarce dollars and older people to decide on care and support options.</p> <p>Fourthly, ADI welcomes the focus on the distinction between intrinsic capacity and loss of capacity. It is because dementia is both a social and a medical condition that we attach such importance to the fostering of dementia friendly communities and an age friendly approach. ADI is committed to a human rights approach and recognizing the rights of older people and people with dementia to be treated as full citizens.</p> <p>Last, let me point out that for the first time our delegation includes one of our leaders from Nigeria - demonstrating indeed that ageing issues like dementia are the global norm, not the exception.</p> <p>On behalf of ADI, I thank the chair for the opportunity to make this intervention.</p> Thu, 26 May 2016 13:14:24 +0000 James.Smith 3499 at