ADI News en Dementia Friendly Communities - Key Principles and Global Developments <p><strong><a href="/dementia-friendly-communities"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/dfcprinciples.jpg" style="width: 71px; height: 100px; float: right; margin: 5px;" /></a>21 April 2016</strong> - We have launched new publications and new web content on dementia friendly communities. The publications set out key principles for dementia friendly communities and provide case studies and examples from around the world. <a href="/dementia-friendly-communities">[read more]</a></p> Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:40:03 +0000 Michael.Lefevre 3488 at ADI Monthly Update - May 2016 <p><img alt="" height="158" src="/sites/default/files/img/Monthly%20update%20May%202016%20.png" style="float: right;" width="123" />Read our monthly update, including highlights from the 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer&#39;s <span data-offset-key="bff95-0-0"><span data-text="true">Disease International in Budapest, new reports on dementia friendly communities, expansion of our Asia Pacific Regional Office and more.</span></span></p> <!--break--> <p>You can <a href="">view the update online</a> here or download it as a pdf, below:</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/pdfs/ADI%20Monthly%20Update%20May%202016.pdf"><span data-offset-key="bff95-0-0"><span data-text="true">ADI Monthly Update - May 2016 </span></span></a></p> Wed, 04 May 2016 08:37:27 +0000 James.Smith 3491 at Global Perspective newsletter for April <p><a href="/adi/pdf/gp201604.pdf"><img alt="" height="115" src="/sites/default/files/img/gp201604-141.png" style="float: left; margin: 5px;" width="81" /></a>The April 2016 issue of our <em>Global Perspective</em> newsletter is now available. This issue includes&nbsp;reports on recent regional conferences in&nbsp;Asia Pacific and the Caribbean and news from the World Health Organisation&#39;s January Executive Board meeting, as well as regular features. <a href="/adi/pdf/gp201604.pdf">[Read it now]</a></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:45:18 +0000 Sarah.Kerr 3433 at ADI Recruiting for Conference and Events Coordinator <p><strong>5 April 2016</strong> - Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International (ADI) is seeking a bright and ambitious Conference and Events Coordinator to join our small but dedicated team for a maternity cover contract. This contract will suit either a recent graduate with excellent grades and references or a professional with relevant experience. <a href="/jobs">[Find out more]</a></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:58:59 +0000 James.Smith 3436 at ‘Positive care in dementia’ project celebrates training of 1000 caregivers <p><strong>22 March 2016 </strong>- Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) is today celebrating the completion of a successful &lsquo;Train the Trainers&rsquo; project supporting caregivers to individuals with dementia, being trialled in Greece since December 2015.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The project, called &lsquo;Positive care in dementia&rsquo;, was supported with a grant from the <a href="">Stavros Niarchos Foundation</a>, and led by&nbsp;<a href="">Alzheimer Hellas</a> with the objective of supporting caregivers and professionals deeply affected by the dementia crisis. The project aimed to train 14 &lsquo;Master Trainers&rsquo;, who could then support a further 1000 caregivers and 600 dementia professionals through training events across the country.&nbsp;</p> <p>The course focussed on interactive ways to engage professionals and individuals supporting people with dementia; including six modules on topics such as caring for yourself while caring for a person with dementia, the importance of effective communication and environmental awareness.</p> <p>Modules were led by Professor Tsolaki, Scientific director of <a href="">Alzheimer Hellas</a> and president of the Greek Federation of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Associations, and supported by ADI&rsquo;s Fundraising and Membership Manager, Anastasia Psoma.</p> <p>Professor Tsolaki states: <em>&ldquo;</em><em>The training programme &ldquo;Positive care in Dementia&rdquo; was an amazing opportunity to offer high quality training to caregivers and health professionals in Greece, led by Alzheimer Hellas. First impressions were very positive and there is a great demand for the training to be continued.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>There are currently over 197,000 people with dementia in Greece and, with 1 in every 3 Greeks over the age of 60, the country has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the world.</p> <p>A press event will today mark the success of the project, with ADI highlighting the importance of effective training and support for caregivers globally.</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:47:16 +0000 James.Smith 3430 at Landmark publication demands long term committment to battle dementia <p><strong>15 March 2016 </strong>- More than 30 experts are urging action on Alzheimer&rsquo;s and other dementias in the April volume of the Lancet Neurology Journal, released today ahead of presentation of a landmark report to the European Parliament Commissioners in Brussels this afternoon.</p> <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/lancet-cover-apr-2016.jpg" style="margin: 13px; float: right; width: 157px; height: 211px;" /></a>The report entitled <em>&#39;Defeating Alzheimer&rsquo;s disease and other dementias: a priority for Europe</em><em>an </em><em>science and society&#39;</em> was led by Professor Bengt Winblad, former chair and current active member of Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International&#39;s (ADI) Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, and edited by leading researchers from Sweden, France, UK, Australia, Denmark, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, the United States, Germany and Netherlands.</p> <p>The report supports data and recommendations from ADI&rsquo;s <a href="">World Alzheimer Report 2015</a>, <em>&#39;The Global Impact of Dementia: An analysis of prevalence, incidence, cost and trends&rsquo;,</em> including the need to continue progress made since the <a href="">G8 Dementia Summit in 2013</a>, and G7 legacy events, and the <a href="">World Health Organisation&rsquo;s first Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia</a>, in March 2015.</p> <p><strong>ADI supports the report by calling for all governments to establish a National Plan for Dementia</strong>.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International, called the paper:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;An important step that confirms that we know what to do, we just need the political will to make that happen. There is momentum now for policies from WHO, EU and Global Action Against Dementia and we also urge the G20 countries to make dementia their priority.&quot; &nbsp; </em></p> <p>You can read the <a href="">full report here.</a></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:17:30 +0000 James.Smith 3429 at National Dementia Plan launched in Indonesia <div><strong>10 March 2016 </strong>- Jakarta Indonesia launched its National Dementia Plan in Jakarta during a ceremony at the <a href=";utm_campaign=ADI-monthly&amp;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="color: rgb(255, 49, 0); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Ministry of Health</a>, pledging <span> approximately $105,000 to support its implementation during the first year</span>. The plan was launched by Professor Nila Moeloek, Minister of Health, and attended by ADI Executive Director, Marc Wortmann and Regional Director, Asia Pacific Region, Francis Wong.</div> <div><br /> <a class="imgCaptionAnchor" href=";utm_campaign=ADI-monthly&amp;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" target="_blank"><img alt="National Plan Indonesia1" border="0" name="ACCOUNT.IMAGE.305" src="" vspace="5" width="592" /></a><br /> <br /> Alzheimer&#39;s Disease International contributed in the early stage of development of the plan with suggestions and examples from other countries, which was then finalised with a broad team including stakeholders <a href=";utm_campaign=ADI-monthly&amp;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow" shape="rect" style="color: rgb(255, 49, 0); text-decoration: underline;" target="_blank">Alzheimer Indonesia</a>, professional medical associations and various sections of the Ministry.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Key sections of the plan include:</div> <p>1. Awareness, risk reduction and promoting healthy lifestyles<br /> 2. Advocacy - human rights for People with Dementia and their caregivers<br /> 3. Access to information and quality services<br /> 4. Early detection, diagnosis and holistic management of cognitive problems<br /> 5. Strengthening human resources and overall system - infrastructure<br /> <span style="font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;">6</span>. Promoting cycle life approach<br /> 7. Supporting research on cognitive and dementia issues</p> <div><span>DY Suharya, founder and Executive Director of Alzheimer Indonesia, welcomed the launch of the plan saying:<br /> <br /> <em>&quot;By launching the plan, Indonesia has showed a very serious step towards preparing for the ageing of its population. There are already 1.2 million people with Dementia in the country and this number is expected to increase to over 4 million by the year 2050 if we do not find a cure or ways to delay the onset of the disease. I hope the implementation of the plan starts soon to the benefit of all these people and their families.&quot;</em></span></div> <p><span>The rising prevalence of dementia in the Asia Pacific region could see the number of people living with dementia rise from 23 million in 2015 to almost 71 million by 2050</span>.</p> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0000 James.Smith 3435 at ADI launches 'Help for caregivers' booklet in Athens, Greece <p><strong>7 March 2016</strong> - Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International (ADI) and the Greek Federation of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Associations launched the &lsquo;Help for Caregivers&rsquo; booklet at the Athens Meropeion Foundation on Monday, 7 March 2016.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/Help-for-Caregivers-greek.jpg" style="margin: 7px; float: right; width: 153px; height: 235px;" />The event drew attention to the plight of caregivers supporting people with dementia through the release of the booklet, which will be distributed to individuals, groups, organisations or institutions anywhere in Greece free of charge via the network of The Greek Federation of Alzheimer&rsquo;s Associations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The booklet was developed in collaboration with the <a href="">World Health Organization (WHO)</a>, and the launch event was sponsored by the <a href="">John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation</a> and <a href="">TIMA Charitable Foundation</a>.</p> <p>There are currently 197,000 people with dementia in Greece, a number that is estimated to rise to 365,000 by 2050. With two family members often acting as carers for each individual with dementia, the number of those immediately affected by the disease reaches almost 400,000 people.</p> <p><strong>A full copy of the &lsquo;Help for Caregivers&rsquo; booklet in Greek is available for download at </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:19:46 +0000 James.Smith 3427 at Dementia on the WHO agenda <!--break--> <p><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/WHO-EB-Jan-2016.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 254px; margin: 8px; float: right;" />27 January 2016 </strong>- The&nbsp;World Health Organization (WHO) holds two Executive Board meetings and one Assembly every year. Non-governmental organisations that are in official relations, like ADI, can attend these meetings and we are represented at the January Executive Board meeting by Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, and Mike Splaine, Policy Advisor. The meeting is a perfect opportunity to meet with WHO staff, country representatives (many who are not part of the Board of 35 still attend) and other organisations.</p> <p>This time the agenda includes the <a href="">WHO strategy and plan of action on ageing and health</a> which is relevant for dementia, as was indicated by a number of speakers.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Outside the main meeting, we were able to talk to member states about the next WHO Board meeting in May, where dementia will be on the agenda. Switzerland has taken the lead in discussing a possible resolution that should lead to a strategy and action plan for dementia as well. This will probably be completed by 2017. The advantage is that every health ministry in the world will need to pay attention to dementia and decide on its position. I expect many of them will reach out to Alzheimer associations for input.<br /> <br /> Another development at WHO which came out of the Ministerial Conference in March 2015 and the G7 meetings is the need to create a Global Observatory on Dementia as a data collection instrument and global platform for knowledge exchange. A number of countries have provided funding for this and, although there is a need for more, the Observatory will start soon. WHO wants to work together with ADI on this, and we will soon know more of the plans.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> The <a href="">report of the Ministerial Conference is now available</a>. It is quite detailed and you can even find who attended from your country.</p> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:00:14 +0000 Michael.Lefevre 3424 at A look back at 2015 <!--break--> <p><strong>A message from Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI</strong></p> <p><strong>17 </strong><strong><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/img/marc-wortmann-2.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 5px; width: 142px; height: 214px;" /></strong><strong>December 2015</strong> - 2015 was another busy year for Alzheimer&rsquo;s Disease International (ADI), working alongside our extensive network of <a href="">Alzheimer associations</a> to make dementia a global health priority. These achievements mark another significant step forward to realising our vision of a better world for people living with dementia and their carers.</p> <p>In March the World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the very first <a href="">Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia</a>. Over 80 countries joined the global call for action, the most significant expression of commitment to date.</p> <p>In April ADI&rsquo;s <a href="">30th International Conference</a> took place in Perth, Australia, attended by over a thousand delegates from nearly 50 countries across the world who enjoyed a diverse programme with many interactive sessions and exhibits. Conferences were also held in the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions and ADI staff participated in numerous other events, including the <a href="">Alzheimer Europe Conference</a>.</p> <p>Over the past year ADI has launched several reports, including a booklet on <a href="">Dementia Friendly Communities,</a> as well as a global review of the research on the <a href="">impact of dementia on women</a>. This year&rsquo;s <a href="">World Alzheimer Report</a> undertook a major review of the global data on dementia&rsquo;s prevalence, incidence and cost.</p> <p>A brand new website was developed for the annual <a href="">World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month</a> campaign in September, which had the theme &lsquo;Remember Me&rsquo;. Each year, more countries take part in World Alzheimer&rsquo;s Month and thanks to Alzheimer associations around the world, awareness of dementia is improving.</p> <p>During September we also welcomed Alzheimer associations from across the globe to our annual <a href="">Alzheimer University</a> training programme, a series of workshops for staff and volunteers to help them strengthen their associations.</p> <p>In October it was announced that the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) would become the first WHO region to adopt a <a href="">Regional Plan of Action on Dementia</a>, obliging its member states to develop national dementia plans. We hope that other WHO regions will follow suit in taking similar action.</p> <p>We were pleased to hear that more countries announced <a href="">national dementia plans</a> in 2015, with numerous others reporting that they too have plans in development. National Alzheimer associations continue to be the driving force behind these vital policies, which go a long way to securing investment in dementia care and provision for the future.</p> <p>As we look towards the coming year, we should also take a moment to reflect on those we lost in 2015, including ADI Founder <a href="">Jerome Stone</a> and dementia advocates <a href="">Richard Taylor</a> and <a href="">Peter Ashley</a>, who will be dearly missed.</p> <p>We would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your support over 2015 and we look forward to another busy year. We hope to see many of you in Budapest for ADI&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">31st International Conference</a> in April.</p> <p>On behalf of the ADI team, I wish you all the best for 2016.</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:14:26 +0000 Harriet.Payne 3404 at