MetLife-ADI Awards for Dementia Care Education

With the generous support of MetLife Foundation, ADI presented awards in 2013 and 2014 to recognise the success of Alzheimer association projects around the world that promote better dementia care through providing training programmes.

2014 awards

Awards were presented in categories, one for high income countries and one for low and middle income countries. Applications were reviewed and judged by a panel of experts from the dementia field, including a carer and a person with dementia. The awards were announced during the 29th ADI International Conference held in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May 2014.

2014 winners

The winner of the high income countries category was Alzheimer’s Association Japan (AAJ) for their project Color Whole Japan with Orange, Symbol of Dementia Support to Understand Dementia Care Better. On World Alzheimer’s Day 2013, the Japanese association “enlightened” the general public by lightning up Kyoto Tower in orange, while distributing educational leaflets and holding educational lectures on dementia across the country.

The winner of the low and middle income counties category was Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese (ADC) for their project Dementia Quality Care Online Training Programme. This online training course designed for professional care workers and family carers of people with dementia was developed by China Alzheimer's Project in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese (ADC) and the Peking University Institute of Mental Health.

2014 runners up

The runner up in the high income countries category was Alzheimer Hellas (Greece) for their project Who am I, grandpa? The project was an experiential workshop aiming to raise dementia awareness among children and adolescents and allow them to express their thoughts, questions and feelings.

In the low and middle income countries category, there were two runners-up: Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India - Cochin, Kerala with the project Dementia Guides - An ‘Asset-Based Solutions’ approach to dementia training and service needs and Iran Alzheimer Association (IAA) with the project Training for 750 Professional Caregivers, Health Professionals and Managers of Nursing Homes from across Iran.

Other 2014 entrants

Applications were also received from the following associations.

  • Venezuela - Training Program Primary Care: Qualified Home Caregivers for Persons with Dementia
  • Lebanon - Alzheimer’s Disease Early Diagnosis Program 2013
  • Egypt - Know how to care for the person with dementia at home

2013 awards

The MetLife-ADI Awards in 2013 consisted of three awards, one for the Americas, one for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the third being awarded for the best project in the Asia Pacific region. 21 applications were received: 5 from the Americas, 9 from Asia Pacific and 7 from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The award winners were announced at the ADI International Conference in Taipei in April 2013.

2013 winners

The winner of the Americas category was Asociación de Lucha contra el Mal de Alzheimer in Argentina for their project Education and Training for Coordinators of Support Groups for Family Carers of People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias. The purpose of the project was to offer guidance and training to those volunteers who either play or intend to play the role of Coordinators of Family Support Groups. Through interactive sessions - including role play, case studies, and group work - the programme provided the elements needed for the role. When the programme took place in November 2011, 71 people enrolled from 27 cities in Argentina. The programme was a great success, gaining ALMA great recognition, and secured its future in the country.

The winner of the Asia Pacific category was Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India for their project Making Cochin a Dementia-Friendly Community - An ARDSI Approach. ARDSI’s project, which aimed to raise public awareness of dementia by targeting different groups, took place throughout 2011 and 2012. Activities included awareness programmes for school children, dementia care tasters for student practitioners and skills training for care home staff. The programme received strong feedback from participants and is a good example of a model that is easily transferable to other countries.


The winner of the Europe, Middle East and Africa category was Alzheimer Association Lebanon for their Capacity Building & Outreach Program. Alongside the Ministry of Social Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association Lebanon aimed to access those living in rural and poorer urban communities with their project and to increase services to them. Through the Ministry’s 130 Community Development Centres a series of one-day training sessions took place for health and social workers, led by dementia experts including doctors, occupational therapists and social workers. Follow-up outreach also took place to raise awareness among families and carers. Since the project was introduced by Diane Mansour, an estimated total of 800 individuals across the country directly benefitted from the programme.

2013 runners up

The runner up in the Americas category was Asociacion de Alzheimer de Puerto Rico for their project The School for Informal Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease. In collaboration with three national recognised universities, the association developed this project for unpaid family carers based on the knowledge of carers’ needs established through their programmes. The project, which began in 2011, consisted of 8 sessions per school quarter for groups of up to 35 people. The project provided training on the basics of dementia, strategies to provide safe care at home, skills to manage communication and behavioral changes, preventing medical complications and advice on self-care. Feedback on the project in 2012 reported the level of satisfaction from carers at 92%.

The runner up in the Asia Pacific category was Alzheimer’s Australia NSW for their project DementiaCare: E-learning Resource and Training Network. Since its creation in 2007 the programme has been improving clinicians’ knowledge and understanding of providing support to people with dementia and their carers. The online course, which is aimed at New South Wales healthcare staff working in metropolitan, rural and remote area, is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day. As well as the course, the resource also features forums and online chats. By the end of 2012 more than 800 clinicians had been trained across New South Wales.

The runner up in the Europe, Middle East and Africa category was Iran Alzheimer Association for their Dementia Awareness and Education Project for Elementary 5th Graders and Families. After 2 years of negotiation with the Education Board of Tehran Province, the project was finally introduced in 44 elementary schools in September 2011. With the aim of increasing children’s awareness of dementia, 6 hours of training was delivered over a two-week period highlighting the relationship between children and dementia and the need to raise awareness. After the training was complete 4500 pupils received an educational package which included an evaluation questionnaire of which 1554 were returned. Results from the questionnaires showed that 70% had shown an increased interest in dementia.

Other 2013 entrants

Applications were also received from the following associations.


‘To know for living with’ – information about Alzheimer’s disease for children and teenagers - APAZ (Brazil)

The project started in 2006 with the development of a handbook for young people as well as a series of other tools to raise awareness of dementia. Five thousand handbooks were printed, with a further 30,000 produced in 2012. The handbook has been distributed on a daily basis from APAZ’s headquarters and, in September 2012, APAZ representatives travelled by subway to more remote
locations and offered a handbook to every passenger. The project is now being replicated in Trinidad and Tobago.

Classification, standardization of procedures and training coordinators of 97 support groups for family caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease in Brazil - ABRAZ

To create a set of procedures for monitoring 97 support groups across Brazil, ABRAZ worked with existing coordinators to establish a classification system and procedural manual. Based on each group’s objectives, classification included informative groups, socialization groups, psychological support and mixed groups. The procedural manual aims to standardize the methods of running a group with advice to coordinators on conducting the different categories of groups.

Campaña Nacional para el diagnóstico temprano de la Demencias en Costa Rica - Asociación Costarricense de Alzheimer y otras Demencias

A national campaign was developed to educate the country’s population about early recognition and diagnosis. Television commercials, media interviews and short videos were used to reach the public with further dissemination through social media. The campaign, which ran from 2011 to 2012, is believed to have reached close to 90% of the population.

Asia Pacific

Changing the world of persons living with dementia through a rehabilitative approach to care - Alzheimer’s Australia Tas

This project was developed to introduce a rehabilitative person-centred model of care for residents living in a 15-bed secure dementia/memory support unit. The programme, which took place over a 16-month period until October 2012, provided information through face-to-face education sessions as well as on-going mentoring and support for all staff. The emphasis of the project was on developing an inclusive homelike environment and visits from government officials have led to the promotion of the unit as an example of better practice in dementia care.

8 things you need to know about dementia: A dementia education resource for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities - Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic developed this education resource to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, providing them with general information about dementia as well as sign-posting to local and national services available to them. Since its initial launch in Greek and Italian, the booklets accompanying the presentation – given by a training facilitator – are now available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The project has since become national, being used by Alzheimer’s Australia staff in each State and Territory.

Dementia Care Essentials for Aged Care Workers - Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

With the aim of assisting those caring for people with dementia in residential and community aged care, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic introduced this competency-based accredited training system. The programme includes training on good communication and planning, effective strategies for managing people with dementia, appropriate activities for people with dementia, and different methods for understanding and responding to behavioural issues. The three-day workshops have also been popular among other staff in residential care facilities and government funding for the training has been continuously renewed since 2006.

Capacity-building for clinical diagnosis, care management of dementia - Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese

Alzheimer’s Disease Chinese developed this large-scale education programme to target a number of groups to improve their awareness of dementia and dementia care. Their tailored training for health professionals was offered to memory specialists and general practitioners, case managers, and community health doctors. Almost 700 memory specialists, 1000 physicians and 200 nurses received the training. Their education to the general public included a national campaign co-sponsored by China Central Television (CCTV) and education for journalists. Training was also provided for dementia carers at a monthly support group meeting and a manual, Smart Caregiver, was produced.

Eldersit Respite Care Service - Alzheimer’s Disease Association Singapore

Implemented in early 2011, the Eldersit service combined respite for carers with therapeutic, cognitively stimulating activities for people with dementia. Activities for people with dementia would be based on their individual interests and would be coordinated one-on-one by a trained Eldersitter. Feedback from the first phase of the programme showed that 83% of carers had noticed an improvement in their own mental health and well-being. Results from the second phased showed improved well-being in 100% of the carers.

The Maradana Project - Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation

This community dementia care project was introduced in May 2012 to provide information about dementia to households and residents within a small community in Maradana, one of the poorest areas of Colombo. Around 40 home visits were carried out from October to December 2012 with information being shared and simple, holistic assessments being made of those showing signs of dementia. In addition, materials were prepared in Sinhalese, Tamil and English for distribution during an awareness campaign at the local temple.

Sunday dementia caregiver support group - The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association – Thailand

Established 10 years ago, this monthly support group enables carers and people with dementia to learn from each other’s experiences as well as being offered information on a range of dementia-related topics. The 3-hour meetings, which usually comprise of 15 to 20 participants, are divided into two sections: emotional support and lecture session. Participants usually attend the group sessions for 6–12 months. This has also proven to be a useful tool for others who wish to host their own support group elsewhere in the country.

Europe, Middle East and Africa

‘I exist. I am here.’ – Pilot training for dementia caregivers in Bulgaria - Fondation Compassion Alzheimer Bulgaria

In 2012, Foundation Compassion Alzheimer Bulgaria organised and conducted, together with experts from St Andrews University in Scotland, a pilot training programme for dementia carers in residential homes. The focus of the training was on developing the carers’ skills and knowledge to enable them to provide specialised and person-centred care. Around 40 carers were trained as part of the programme and the positive effects have been presented to the national authorities.

‘DI-MENTIA’ A New Musical - Cyprus Alzheimer Association

Commissioned by UNESCO to develop a live performance for the Cypriot presidency of the European Union, a musical was created by a nationally recognised musician, performer and producer alongside Cyprus Alzheimer Association. ‘DI-MENTIA’ A New Musical highlights the modern day issues related to dementia through a compelling story and emotive music and lyrics. The show opened in early September 2012 and a large-scale advertising campaign took place during September and October. The immediate audience for the show reached 5,000 and the campaign is believed to have extended to around 100,000 individuals.

Advanced dementia care educational programme - Egypt Alzheimer’s Society

This 18-month project aimed to train highly qualified carers, such as those who take leadership of healthcare teams. The programme included lectures, interactive sessions, case studies and clinical rounds.

Education in municipalities - Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft (Germany)

Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft developed this programme to educate those who may come across people with dementia in their working lives, such as policemen, firemen, salespeople and bank employees. People with dementia were consulted during the planning stages of the programme and modules were developed tailored to the profession of those being trained. The programme, which ran from 2007 to 2010, focussed on the basics of dementia and how best to communicate with a person with dementia. Films and manuals were prepared to support the programme.

The National Dementia Champions Programme - Alzheimer Scotland

Funded by the Scottish Government and developed in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland, this programme aims to enhance the knowledge of staff in acute hospital care and encourages participants to become agents for change. The programme consists of five interactive study days delivered to small, intimate teaching groups with video conferencing used for those in more remote locations. People with dementia alongside their families and friends were involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the programme. Since October 2011, 300 Dementia Champions have been trained in Scotland.