74th World Health Assembly Statement from ADI

This is the statement submitted to the 74th World Health Assembly from ADI on COVID-19, dementia and future preparedness.

During the 74th World Health Assembly, held on 24 May to 1 June 2021, ADI submitted a statement to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its Member States.

In the statement, ADI highlights the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on those living with dementia and their carers, and for it to be recognised and acted upon by Member States, ensuring that older people and those living with dementia are at the forefront of recovery and future preparedness plans, writing:

We call on Member States to urgently recognise and respond to the particular and disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on older people and people living with dementia, to work closely with NGOs, including ADI and its global network to ensure that these two constituencies are at the forefront of future preparedness plans and to build resilience.