Washington. 1984. A small band of pioneers and experts came together with stars in their eyes and one dream in their minds: “a better life for people with dementia and their carers”.
30 years later, the vision is unchanged and the passion unwavering.
Started by Professor Henry Brodaty, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) and three colleagues, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) has grown to be the worldwide federation of more than 80 Alzheimer associations. Representing people and nations on all continents, the organisation has become the global voice on dementia.
Jerome Stone (pictured left) and Professor Henry Brodaty (pictured right) have been involved with ADI from the very beginning. Professor Brodaty reflects, “I regard ADI as a family and that's what makes it so special for me.”
ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique association of global solutions and local knowledge. Working locally, ADI empowers national Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers. Working globally, ADI campaigns for policy change within governments and the World Health Organization.
Professor Brodaty is the immediate past chairman of Alzheimer's Disease International.
A collection of photos dating from the first meeting in October 1984 to the present day can be viewed at: http://imgur.com/a/Kycih#0