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.

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)

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)

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)