ADI webinars on dementia and COVID-19

In response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, ADI has been adapting our work and working closely with our members to best support the millions of people affected by dementia globally, who are particularly at risk during this time.

Given the success of our member webinars, we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase the inspiring work that is being done by ADI's member associations and other organisations to support people living with dementia, their families and carers during COVID-19.

ADI's most recent webinar on COVID-19 and dementia was held on Wednesday 15 July:

Innovating for the new normal: Experiences from around the world

It is time to ask how we are adapting and innovating to ensure that people with dementia and their carers receive the supports and services they need and that no one is left behind.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations, institutions, agencies and companies around the world to adjust their modes of operation to comply with social distancing measures and to ensure the safety of their employees, volunteers and constituents. ADI’s member associations have had to do this urgently in order to support the millions of people affected by dementia, who are especially at risk of social isolation and severe symptoms of COVID-19.

During this webinar, we heard how ADI’s member associations from around the world have innovated to adapt and reinvent their support services during throughout 2020 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the impact this has had on carers and people living with dementia.

On Wednesday 3 June, ADI held a third webinar: 

The hidden casualties of COVID-19: revealing the emergency in care homes and the lessons learnt in day care

Across the world, the COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the vulnerability of our elderly populations, who, as a group, are most at risk of this virus and also most likely to be living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as dementia. It has sadly highlighted the degree of ageism which still permeates many country’s social structures and institutions. One of the biggest challenges for governments has been responding to the spread of the virus in long term care settings such as care homes. In many places care homes have become hot spots for the spread of the virus, even where lockdowns have been enforced, and this is complicated by a number of factors like the difficulty of enforcing social distancing, access to personal protective equipment (PPE), the use of agency staff, for example when regular staff have tested positive; and the prevalence of other NCDs.

Many day care operations have also had to cease - not being able to open their doors for face to face support services. Many are innovating and increasing telephone support and online sessions but what is the longer term impact for such day care and for the care staff that run them? 

This 90-minute webinar addresses these challenges and many others and look to the lessons we must take from this experience.


On Wednesday 6 May, ADI held a second webinar open to the public:

'Future gazing: COVID-19 and dementia'

The 90-minute session consisted of key speakers from industry, researchers, policy makers and other experts who forecast potential outcomes of the COVID-19 outbreak for people living with dementia, their families and carers. It addressed some key themes: unavailability of post-diagnostic support and social services; political de-prioritisation of dementia; impact of COVID-19 on diagnosis of dementia; disruption of clinical trials; and the development of vaccinations for COVID-19.

On Wednesday 22 April, ADI held the first webinar open to the public:

'Supporting people with dementia during COVID-19: experiences and advice from around the world'

The 90-minute session consisted of key speakers from ADI's dementia associations, sharing their experiences of how they are adapting their services to continue supporting people with dementia during this period, followed by a question and answer session. We received an overwhelming amount of registrations for the webinar and are pleased to share the recording and slides below.

Marta Jenko from Asociación Lucha contra el Mal de Alzheimer (A.L.M.A) unfortunately had technical issues during the webinar so we recorded her section afterwards. 

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ADI’s COVID-19 emergency appeal

More resources on COVID-19 and dementia can be found here