The growth of ADI
In 1984, a small band of pioneers and experts came together to discuss the formation of an international organisation for Alzheimer’s disease. Representatives from existing Alzheimer associations in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada joined with observers from Belgium, France and Germany and founded ADI.
More than 35 years later, the vision is unchanged and the dedication unwavering. ADI has grown from 4 members to be the worldwide federation of over 100 Alzheimer associations, becoming the global voice on dementia.
In its earlier years, ADI’s primary role was making international connections between existing associations and other partners, coordinating international activities and sharing information. Starting in the 1990s, ADI strived to expand its membership around the world, focusing on developing and engaging new associations, particularly in low and middle income countries.
As ADI continued to grow, the focus shifted to public policy and global awareness raising through important publications including the World Alzheimer Report. With increased recognition of dementia as a global health priority, ADI works to advocate for better policy at international and regional levels, while supporting and developing the capacity of Alzheimer associations around the world.