President of Costa Rica becomes ADI Ambassador

13 October 2017 – The President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, has become an Honorary Ambassador of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) after affirming the commitment of the country to attain targets of the government’s National plan on dementia and other related disorders 2014-2024.

During World Alzheimer’s Month in September, the President recognised the impact of the disease, that affects over 16 million people in Latin America. Costa Rica is one of only 5 countries in the region to develop a plan on dementia.

He said, “Becoming an Ambassador means transcending, and improving, the current living conditions of [people with dementia] and offering hope to the rising elderly populations. If we unite our efforts, we can cause a positive impact worldwide.

“I want to reiterate my gratitude for such an honor.”

Paola Barbarino, CEO of ADI, said, “We are delighted to have the support of the President and hope that others will follow this example to raise awareness and act on dementia globally.”

More governments must develop plans to address an urgent gap in awareness, diagnosis, research and risk reduction, treatment, care and support, working towards the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025.

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