President Sarkozy receives ADI Award

20 March 2012 - French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been presented with the ADI Award 2012 for his efforts to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers in France and across the European Union. Sarkozy’s groundbreaking National plan for Alzheimer and related diseases 2008-2012 has become an important example for many other countries around the world.

The Award was presented at ADI’s 27th International Conference in London, UK on 7 March 2012. Mme Marie-Anne Montchamp, Secretary of State to the Minister of Solidarity and Social Cohesion in France, accepted the award on behalf of President Sarkozy and delivered a personal message from the President.

President Sarkozy stated, ‘I attach so much importance to this Alzheimer’s Disease International Award 2012 because it comes from those who are the undisputed specialists in the subject, who are the authorities on this subject internationally, the leading experts and practitioners.’

He added, ‘If I insisted on making it a priority while I was in office, that was because I refused to accept the appalling situation victims are living in, nearly 800,000 in France and 35 million worldwide. I also refused to give into the tiredness, sometimes exhaustion and, too often, even the despair of the families touched by this tragedy, affecting their husbands and wives, their mothers and fathers, their uncles and aunts.’

The French Alzheimer’s Plan has resulted in the expansion of scientific knowledge about Alzheimer's, the addition of more than 600 practitioners trained in clinical epidemiology and more than 100 fundamental research projects have been launched. The addition of 65 new memory clinics have focussed on early detection and an effort is underway to add more than 500 new diagnostic centres throughout the country.

There has been an increase in the number of respite care facilities to help carers of people with Alzheimer’s and health and social care service sectors work more collaboratively at the local level for more efficient and effective services for people with dementia and their families.

The ADI Award is presented to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution towards increasing awareness of dementia and encouraging policy initiatives and improvements in the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers. The first ADI Award was presented to ADI founder, Jerome Stone, in 2006.

Read the French National plan for Alzheimer and related diseases 2008-2012.