ADI News en Prof Henry Brodaty awarded Ryman Prize <p><strong>22 June 2016 -&nbsp;</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 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 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="" 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 /> <img src="/sites/default/files/img/indonesia-launch.jpg" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px; width: 800px; height: 533px;" /><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="">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 /> 6. 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