Iran Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association (IDAA)

Iran Dementia & Alzheimer’s Association (IDAA) was founded in 2001 by Masomeh Salehi, Maryam Mir Hashemi, Effat Abghari and Mehdi Eslami and has been a member of ADI since 2006.

IDAA is based in Tehran, Iran and has formed a federation of 13 Alzheimer’s associations in the country, which are separate entities.

They have helped initiate a dementia action plan in Iran by delivering a draft to the Ministry of Health and following this up over the past 4 years. They have also trained over 100 volunteers from a Pension Organisation.

Some of the services provided by the association include:

  • Support groups
  • Helpline
  • Day Care
  • Training for carers
  • Resources (fact sheets, reading materials)
  • Newsletter
  • Educational events
  • Seminars/Webinars/Workshops
  • Counselling
  • Dementia Care Training
  • Caregiver meetings
  • Meaningful engagements/activities