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