ADI welcomes new Associations and Board members

17 April 2020 – ADI is delighted to welcome three new Alzheimer associations to our membership: Demensia Brunei, France Alzheimer et Maladies Apparentées and Fundación Alzheimer de Nicaragua (FADEN).

This follows the completion by all three associations of ADI’s Membership Development Programme. The associations’ membership applications were then recommended by the ADI Membership Committee and approved by the ADI Board and Council, which consists of one representative per member association. There are currently a further 16 associations on the Membership Development Programme, with several other associations hoping to join later in the year.

Joel Jaouen, President of France Alzheimer et Maladies Apparentées said: “This is a great opportunity for our Association and we are delighted to be able to join your international network. We are committed, alongside you, in a common and global fight against Alzheimer's disease and related diseases, for people affected by this disease and their carers.

Since our first discussions, we have seen the opportunities and advantages that this new relationship brings us. Today, in this time of crisis, we are all the more aware of the impact of your work, your support and interactions between members”.

Milton Lopez, President of Fundación Alzheimer de Nicaragua, said: “On behalf of my Board I want to thank the support and follow-up that the ADI Office has provided to Fundaciòn Alzheimer de Nicaragua (FADEN). We are very happy that FADEN is a member of ADI. 

Five months ago I have been applying to GBHI fellowship for Memory and Aging Center in San Francisco CA and finally I have been accepted as a fellow! ADI's letter was very important in achieving my fellowship. Thank you so much.”

Shyh Poh Teo, President of Demensia Brunei, said: "We are delighted to join the ADI global community. The mission of Demensia Brunei is towards a dementia friendly community. We aim to achieve this by promoting awareness of dementia, advocate for people with dementia, families and caregivers, as well as lend support and be a voice for people with dementia."

Members also voted on various vacancies on the ADI Board. Dale Goldhawk will assume the role of Board Chair following Glenn’s departure in 2021. John Grosvenor, who already sits on the Board, will now assume the role of Treasurer. ADI is pleased to introduce our four new Board members; Paul Attea based in the USA, Paola Maeso president of the Uruguayan Alzheimer's Association, Meera Pattabiraman Chair of ADI Member Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Society of India and Huali Wang Chair, Clinical Research Division in Beijing.

After hearing the news Paul Attea said he was ‘’very honored and excited about the election results and the opportunity to help advance the good work and mission of ADI.’’ 

Glenn Rees, ADI’s Board Chair, said: ‘‘Though they have joined us at a difficult time, during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are very motivated to begin working towards our 2020-21 business plan with their guidance and support.”

The entire ADI team and Board were sad to say goodbye to Andrew Ketteringham, Gerry Sampson, Mariella Guerra and Ang Peng Chye as their final term as Board members came to an end. Between them, they had committed 24 years to the Board, each bringing their own experience and skills to help steer ADI to be a truly global organisation now representing over 100 associations and federations. We are extremely grateful to have had them onboard and would like to express our upmost appreciation for all of their hard work over the years.

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