Reports and policy briefs

This page collects together the reports and policy briefs that ADI has produced. We also have a newsletter, factsheets, booklets and other publications.

Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment - World Alzheimer Report 2020

This report looks at design progress to date, best practice, pioneers and innovators, design principles, application, regional and cultural contexts, the importance of including people with dementia in every stage of the design process, and poignantly the role of design during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. (September 2020)

From plan to impact III: The urgent need for action

This report provides a critical update on the progress towards the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report draws attention to the challenges and opportunities that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, and calls for governments to take immediate action from the lessons that the outbreak has presented. (June 2020)

ADI position papers on dementia and COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, ADI has sought to highlight some important issues affecting people living with dementia. These issues relate to difficult decisions around hospital admissions, triage and the allocation of health resources.

Attitudes to dementia - World Alzheimer Report 2019

The report reveals the results of the largest attitudes to dementia survey ever undertaken, with almost 70,000 people across 155 countries and territories completing the survey. It also includes expert essays and case studies from across the world. (September 2019)


From plan to impact II: The urgent need for action

This report provides an important update on the progress towards the World Health Organization (WHO)'s Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025. On the second anniversary of the adoption of the Global plan, the report calls for urgent action and urges every government to develop, allocate funding and monitor a national plan on dementia. (May 2019)


Forgotten in a crisis: Addressing dementia in humanitarian response

This report, by ADI, The Global Alzheimer’s & Dementia Action Alliance (GADAA) and Alzheimer's Pakistan provides the first analysis of dementia in humanitarian settings. The report analyses existing tools and guidelines which mandate inclusive support for people at-risk, concluding that better implementation of such tools is sorely needed for people with dementia in humanitarian settings. (May 2019)


The state of the art of dementia research: New frontiers - World Alzheimer Report 2018

In a journalistic style, the World Alzheimer Report 2018 looks at a broad cross section of research areas including basic science; diagnosis; drug discovery; risk reduction and epidemiology. With the continued absence of a disease modifying treatment, the report also features progress, innovation and developments in care research. (September 2018)



Global estimates of informal care

This report sets out to answer some of the questions raised in the 2015 World Alzheimer Report. It looks at the global estimates of the socio-economic impact of the informal care of dementia, compares the global distribution of caregiver time estimates with that of costs and highlights the gender patterns of caregiving. (July 2018)



From plan to impact: Progress towards targets of the Global plan on dementia

This report provides an overview of global developments in response to the adoption of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025. The report was launched on the one-year anniversary of the adoption of the plan at the 71st World Health Assembly, and  contains an update on the number of plans on dementia adopted and in development at the national level. (May 2018)

National Dementia Action Plans - Examples For Inspiration

This reports outlines key examples and inspirations for the development of national plans on dementia, based on the implementation of existing plans in 20 countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) Global plan on dementia urges every government to develop policies that address the impact of dementia in a way tailored to the unique culture and demographics of the country. (December 2017)


Dementia in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and opportunities

This report highlights data on the impact of dementia in sub-Saharan Africa, the experiences of those living with dementia in the region and the urgent need for governments to act to encourage improved understanding, access to health services and social protection. (September 2017)



Improving healthcare for people living with dementia: Coverage, quality and costs now and in the future - World Alzheimer Report 2016

This report reviews research evidence on the elements of healthcare for people with dementia, and, using economic modelling, suggests how it should be improved and made more efficient. (September 2016)



Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs)

Two publications which set out key principles for dementia friendly communities and provide case studies and examples from around the world. (April 2016 and September 2017)


Intellectual Developmental Disabilities and Dementia in National and Sub-National Dementia Plans

In 2016, ADI undertook a review of existing national and sub-national dementia plans from around the world in relation to a number of topic areas. The resulting information has been transferred into a series of small papers that provide a detailed overview and comparison of the approaches taken by governments. (December 2016)

Access to CRPD and SDGs by Persons With Dementia

Setting out the position of ADI and DAI (Dementia Alliance International) that persons with dementia have been excluded from the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, and how and why they must be included. (August 2016)

Harnessing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to improve the lives of persons with dementia - policy paper

A paper looking at how the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities applies to people with dementia, and how it can be used as a tool for change. In April, the ADI Board and Council agreed to pursue the recommendations made in this paper. (March 2016)

The Global Impact of Dementia: An Analysis of Prevalence, Incidence, Cost and Trends - World Alzheimer Report 2015

This report updates ADI's global estimates of the prevalence, incidence and costs of dementia by carrying out a full update of previous systematic reviews. The report makes key recommendations to provide a global framework for action on dementia. The report also includes a review of the evidence for and against recent trends in the prevalence and incidence of dementia over time, as well as an analysis of the broader societal impact of dementia. (August 2015)

Women and Dementia: A global research review

This report looks at issues affecting women in relation to dementia from an international perspective. It examines the effect of gender on three specific groups: women living with dementia; women caring for people with dementia in a professional caring role; women undertaking an informal caregiving role for someone with dementia. (June 2015)

Participation In Dementia Trials And Studies: Challenges And Recommendations (White paper)

This paper outlines challenges to participation in dementia clinical trials and other studies, and suggests actions countries can take to address these issues. (November 2014)

Dementia in the Asia Pacific region

This report examines the prevalence as well as the social and economic impact of dementia in the Asia Pacific region. (November 2014)

Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors - World Alzheimer Report 2014

A critical examination of the evidence for the existence of modifiable risk factors for dementia, focusing on factors in key domains: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions. The report makes recommendations to drive public health campaigns and disease prevention strategies. (September 2014)

Nutrition and dementia: A review of available research

The report looks at how the nutrition of people with dementia could be improved and dietary factors that might affect the risk of dementia in later life. (February 2014)

The Global Impact of Dementia 2013-2050 (policy brief)

A policy brief updating ADI’s prevalence figures published in the World Alzheimer Report 2009, with data showing that the number of people with dementia worldwide will increase from 115 to 135 million by 2050. The update focused on the new evidence emerging from China and the sub-Saharan African region, applying the new prevalence rates to the latest UN population projections. (December 2013)

Improving dementia care worldwide: Ideas and advice on developing and implementing a National Dementia Plan

A review of existing National Dementia Plans and recommendations for governments. (October 2013)

Dementia in the Americas: Current and future cost and prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias

This report examines the prevalence and predicted costs of dementia in the Americas. (October 2013)

Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia - World Alzheimer Report 2013

The World Alzheimer Report 2013 is themed around long-term care. The report provides information about this important issue, aiding all stakeholders in the long journey of dementia care. The report includes information on the cost and effectiveness of care and makes important recommendations which should be the fundamental drivers of long-term care policy in dementia. (September 2013)

Overcoming the stigma of dementia - World Alzheimer Report 2012

The report shares results from an international survey of people with dementia and carers on their personal experiences of stigma. It also provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights programmes from around the world, and makes important recommendations which could help reduce stigma. (September 2012)

Dementia: a public health priority (World Health Organization)

An authoritative overview of dementia worldwide, produced in collaboration with ADI. In addition to valuable best practices and practical case studies from around the world, it contains a comprehensive collection of information, including much data from low- and middle-income countries. (April 2012)

Policy brief: Risk factors for dementia

An overview of research into risk factors for dementia. (April 2012)

Policy brief: National Alzheimer and Dementia Plans, Planned Policies and Activities

A review of national plans and progress towards them. (April 2012)

The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention - World Alzheimer Report 2011

The World Alzheimer Report 2011 shows that there are interventions that are effective in the early stages of dementia, some of which may be more effective when started earlier, and that there is a strong economic argument in favour of earlier diagnosis and timely intervention. (September 2011)

The global economic impact of dementia - World Alzheimer Report 2010

Presenting a clear, comprehensive global picture of the economic impact of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, the report includes an estimate of the worldwide cost of dementia, including direct medical costs, direct non-medical costs and costs of informal (family) care. The estimates are broken down by world region and include analysis of the differences between low and high income countries. (September 2010)

The global prevalence and impact of dementia - World Alzheimer Report 2009

This report presents a comprehensive global prevalence study of dementia and looks at levels of mortality, disability, strain on carers and dependency. The report also includes an overview of what dementia is - the pathology, clinical features, course and management of dementia. (September 2009)


Other Publications:

2019 Global Trends of Dementia Policy - Korean National Institute of Dementia 

This report, published by the Korean National Institute of Dementia, examines global dementia policy trends of 2019, for which ADI Chief Executive Paola Barbarino provided a piece on Dementia Friendly Communities (pages 53-55). (February 2020)