ADI takes global message to US

24 June 2011 - ADI Chairman, Dr Daisy Acosta, joined a panel of dementia experts yesterday to alert the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs in Washington, D.C. to the need for more funding for dementia in the coming years.

Dr Acosta joined William Thies, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the Alzheimer's Association in the US, and George Vradenburg, founder of USAgainstAlzheimers, at the session of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights.

Speakers used the most up-to-date figures, including those from the World Alzheimer Report 2010, to highlight the necessity for increased funding into research and preparation for an ageing population and increasing number of dependent elderly people.

During the session calls were made for a global meeting to be held early in 2012 to begin to develop a global action plan for dementia.

Read the full statement delivered by Dr Acosta.