News Release

Alzheimer’s Disease International to lead post G7 advocacy work on dementia

Perth, Australia, 17 April 2015

Alzheimer’s Disease International announced today its commitment to lead the global dementia advocacy work and presented the next steps, at its 30th International Conference held in Perth.

This conference is the first international dementia event following the WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia which took place in Geneva in March. To continue the momentum and the commitments made by the G7 countries, the conference offered an opportunity to review actions and recommendations and discuss the next steps.

Harry Johns, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association, as a member of the World Dementia Council, presented the four key areas that are being pursued:

  • Integrated development – Optimising the path of medicines from research through to market by reducing barriers and encouraging regulatory flexibility.
  • Finance and incentives – Looking at ways to increase the relatively low investment in funding dementia innovation by exploring new types of funding product.
  • Open science – Unleashing the potential of open science for sharing information and knowledge to accelerate progress in developing new treatments and care approaches, and avoiding wasteful duplication of effort.
  • Public health/prevention – The Council is also beginning an evidence review into existing research on how risk factors such as diabetes and heart disease relate to dementia, as well as looking into public health messaging on lifestyle and prevention.

Alzheimer’s Disease International committed to supporting the World Dementia Council by proposing to host the meetings of this platform in its international and regional conferences. In addition it will work on the following four key areas that will be at the heart of its global advocacy work.

  • Raising awareness and creating dementia friendly communities
  • Better policies for care in the community and institutions
  • More funding in order to find a cure
  • Risk reduction related to other NCDs

At the conclusion of the Conference, all participants called for action to strengthen global efforts against dementia. ADI’s message coming out of this conference regarding the next steps in global advocacy is “care for today, cure for tomorrow” as Marc Wortmann, ADI’s Executive Director said. “We will focus our next steps to build on that advocacy momentum and continue to drive advancements in care, treatment and research.”

Information on the programme and on the conference can be found at: www.alzint.org/2015

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Notes to editors

About Alzheimer’s Disease International

ADI is the international federation of 83 Alzheimer associations throughout the world. Each of our members is a non-profit Alzheimer association supporting people with dementia and their families.  ADI was founded in 1984 and registered as a non-profit organisation in the USA. Based in London, ADI has been in official relations with the WHO since 1996 and has consultative status with the UN since 2012.

ADI's vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change from governments.

For more information, visit www.alz.co.uk.