September is World Alzheimer’s Month and this year’s theme is ‘Dementia: a journey of caring’.
World Alzheimer’s Month was founded by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the organisation providing a global voice for dementia, who are working with Alzheimer associations across the world to focus attention on the care required by people with dementia throughout the course of the disease. As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, ADI have developed a Facebook app, ‘Let Memories Last‘, to allow people to experience what dementia is like.
In this video, Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI, discusses the current challenges faced by the Alzheimer’s community and how the work of ADI is tackling some of these issues. Wortmann introduces the ADI 2013 World Alzheimer’s Report, which addresses the issue of long term care for people with dementia. He also discusses his recent commentary published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy – now affiliated with ADI – on the need for national plans for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Wortmann goes on to provide his thoughts on research funding for Alzheimer’s disease and introduces the work of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, a collective of researchers forming part of ADI that carry out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries.