30 years of Alzheimer's Disease International 1984-2014

In 1984, a small band of pioneers and experts came together with one dream in their minds: “a better life for people with dementia and their carers”.

More than 30 years later, the vision is unchanged and the dedication unwavering. Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has grown from 4 members to be the worldwide federation of 90 Alzheimer associations, becoming the global voice on dementia.

ADI and its member organisations have campaigned to help people live well with dementia. Three decades on, dementia remains one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century.

In response to this, ADI has launched major advocacy and awareness campaigns such as World Alzheimer’s Month, while over 100 countries have taken part in ADI’s Alzheimer University, a vital training programme for our members which supports both established and emerging national associations.

Since 2009, ADI has also published annual World Alzheimer Reports, the first comprehensive global reviews on dementia. These reports have made key recommendations that continue to provide a global framework for international action on dementia.

In 2016, ADI was key to the development of a draft Global plan on dementia, which was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in May 2017. The plan represents the greatest opportunity for the advancement of the understanding, care and science to dementia in many years, containing targets for national implementaiton in over 194 countries.

Scroll through our photo album to find out how ADI has developed and grown since its beginnings three decades ago.

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