First International Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Disease Includes President of Taiwan
LONDON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Memory Walks are taking place all around the World during World Alzheimer’s Month in
September every year, to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
But there has never been an international Memory walk until today during the 28th
international conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Taipei. The walk
attracted 4,000 people from 35 countries and included President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan.
The government of Taiwan just announced that it is going to work on a national Alzheimer
36 Million people had Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia in 2010,
according to the World Health Organization and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).
There are 7.7 million new cases annually or one in every four seconds somewhere around the
world. The impact of the disease is huge to families affected, as well as to society.
Unless we find a cure quickly, dementia will be the biggest health and social care
challenge of the 21st century. Over 3,000 people gathered today to raise awareness about
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. President Ma joined the
walk and addressed the delegates and announced seven key areas of attention in public
policy, including education, better treatment and support to the family caregivers.
Many of the delegates are attending the 28th international conference of Alzheimer’s
Disease International, the oldest global conference on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The conference touches on topics like scientific research, best practises in dementia
care, current policies in various parts of the world and the work of Alzheimer
associations in their countries.
“Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have a huge impact on people with dementia
and their families, but we have to be aware that a lot can be done to improve their
quality of life,” says Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease
International. “With a better insight of dementia, it is easier for families to cope with
it and find the right solutions in day to day life.” The conference has many presentations
on good support projects, but also on current research to find a cure, how risk of getting
dementia can be reduced and which countries already developed national Alzheimer plans.
“We urge all governments to create dementia friendly communities and to make dementia a
national health and social care priority,” says Dr. Jacob Roy Kuriakose, Chairman of ADI.
ADI is organising the conference together with Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association
About ADI: Alzheimer’s Disease International is the international federation of 79
Alzheimer associations around the world. Each member is the Alzheimer association in their
country who support people with dementia and their families. ADI has been in official
relations with the World Health Organization since 1996 and the United Nations since 2012.
ADI’s vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families
throughout the world.
About TADA: Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association was established on 15 September
2002 and became a full member of ADI in 2005. The visions of TADA are a better life for
people with dementia and caregivers, and to create a world without dementia.
International: Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, ADI, email@example.com,
Taiwan: Hsin-Ping Hung, TADA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOURCE Alzheimer’s Disease International