29th International Conference of ADI

Dementia: Working Together For A Global Solution
1-4 May 2014, San Juan

ADI worked with Asociación de Alzheimer y Desórdenes Relacionados de Puerto Rico to host the 29th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in San Juan from 1 to 4 May 2014. Hundreds of delegates including people with dementia, professional and family carers, researchers, clinicians, scientists and staff and volunteers of national Alzheimer associations from around the world united in Puerto Rico’s capital to exchange knowledge and experiences and take part in ground-breaking discussions.

The conference theme was Dementia: Working Together for a Global Solution. The conference featured plenary sessions on topics such as new technologies, improving care and quality of life, advocacy and risk reduction and prevention. Key note speakers from around the world included Colin Masters from Australia, Laura Fratiglioni from Sweden and Steve DeKosky from the USA. A particular highlight was a panel discussion which debated whether or not people should be informed of their risk of developing dementia.

ADI members were provided with several opportunities to participate in sessions before and during the conference, including a Fundraising Alzheimer University and Advocacy Workshops for ADI associations in the Latin America and Caribbean regions. These workshops addressed global advocacy actions and work by the WHO in the region as well as the development of national dementia plans. Dr Anselm Hennis, Director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) joined the group a