Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is the international federation of 73 Alzheimer’s associations around the world, each of which has an official relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Each member is the national Alzheimer’s association in its particular country, supporting people with dementia and their families. ADI’s mission is to work towards an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world.
Alzheimer’s Disease International works to strengthen and support its member organisations with publications etc. while providing continued practical and financial support to help them meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
ADI holds an annual international conference; the longest running international conference on dementia. The conference is a multi-disciplinary event, uniting people with an interest in dementia from around the world.
ADI also runs the Alzheimer University, a series of practical workshops aimed at helping staff and volunteers of each Alzheimer Association to develop their capacity and that of their organisation.
World Alzheimer’s Day, celebrated on September 21st of each year, is taken as an opportunity to raise global awareness about dementia and its impact on families. The work of Alzheimer’s Disease International’s member organisations throughout the world is also promoted. ADI coordinates World Alzheimer’s Day and provides members with support material to assist them in organising their own events. For example, see The World Alzheimer Report 2010.
ADI supports the 10/66 Dementia Research Group; so named because less than 10% of all population-based research into dementia is directed towards the 66% or more of all people with dementia who live in developing countries. This research network involves 100 active researchers, from 32 developing countries, investigating the prevalence and impact of dementia in communities previously unstudied.
Read more: Alzheimer’s Disease International.