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TADA Chinese Taipei renew call for early diagnosis

9 January 2013 - TADA Chinese Taipei has supported a new call for authorities to address the increase in numbers of people with dementia by reviewing their long-term care system, which currently fails to meet the needs of those affected by dementia. The call, which highlights the need for earlier diagnosis and treatment, comes from The Consumers' Foundation with the launch of their new report. [read more]

Aging committee dementia care report delivered to U.S. Congress

3 January 2013 - On 19 December in Washington, D.C. an official report on dementia diagnosis, treatment and long-term care options around the world was presented to U.S. Congress by Senate Special Committee on Aging. [read more]

New anti-stigma campaign launched in Canada

2 January 2013 - The Alzheimer Society of Canada have today launched a new campaign to address the stigma surrounding dementia that often prevents individuals from seeking or sharing a diagnosis. [read more]

December Global Perspective available

The December 2012 issue of our Global Perspective newsletter is now available. This issue includes reports on World Alzheimer's Month 2012 and regional conferences as well as our regular features and latest news. Read it now (PDF)

Initial release of Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study in Lancet

13 December 2012 - The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study measures the population impact of diseases and health conditions on mortality and disability. It has created an international standard lens through which to view population health, and it is arguably the most comprehensive and systematic study of its type.

The Lancet today released an issue devoted to the first reporting on results of the 2010 study, with comparisons in many of the articles to what was found in 1990. In general, the changes found in rates and effects of conditions is driven by population ageing and population growth, but clearly many increases are dominated by the dramatic rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in persons over the age of 40. [read more]

CEAFA promotes early recognition with 'Memory Problems?' website

10 December 2012 - Confederación Española de Familiares de Enfermos de Alzheimer (CEAFA) have launched a new online questionnaire for those who are concerned that a loved one or they themselves may have dementia. The questionnaire, available on the new Memory Problems? website, asks about the symptoms the person experiences before concluding whether or not further medical advice is required. [read more]

Bulgaria agree to fund dementia medication

7 December 2012 - At a meeting of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, part of the United Nations' Economic and Social Council, a recommendation was made to the Bulgarian government to make dementia medication more accessible by including the costs within their social security scheme. [read more]

Mexico announces first national plan from Spanish-speaking world

19 November 2012 - Mexico's Minister of Health, Salomón Chertorivski Woldenberg, has announced the development of the country's action plan on dementia, which will mark the first from the Spanish-speaking world. On 12 November, an agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health, Federacion Mexicana de Alzheimer and the National Institute of Geriatrics to form a working group to feed into the plan. [read more]

UK government launch Dementia Friends campaign

15 November 2012 - The UK government announced last week the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of dementia and the way it is perceived within the country. The Dementia Friends initiative aims to train 1 million individuals through free awareness sessions leading to practical action within communities. [read more]

ADI conference wins Excellence Award

17 October 2012 - The 27th International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International, held in London in March, has received the award for Association Congress of the Year at Conference and Incentive Travel's (C&IT) Excellence Awards. [read more]