The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands joined Alzheimer’s Disease International when its representatives attended a conference in Budapest, Hungary, in April.
The conference, hosted by Alzheimer’s Disease International and the Hungarian Alzheimer’s Society, drew nearly 900 delegates, including people with dementia, professional and family care providers, researchers, clinicians, and staff and volunteers of Alzheimer’s associations.
Among the delegates from 70 countries were two representatives from Cayman’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association, founder and chairwoman Dorothy Davis and board director Lana Mae Smith.
During the conference, Alzheimer’s Disease International’s Council, comprised of voting representatives of member associations from 84 countries, voted for the Cayman association to become a member of the international body.
“The benefits of membership include being part of a global advocacy and support network with opportunities for training and development and access to ADI’s materials, including the Annual World Alzheimer Reports” said Ms. Smith. “It also provides links to an international dementia research network – 10/66 Dementia Research Group and the Medical and Scientific Advisory Group.”
She said becoming a member “required being assessed for three years, along with scrutiny of the financials, board makeup, establishment of committees, training plans and publications.”
Maintaining membership will require annual reports to be made to Alzheimer’s Disease International. Ms. Davis was invited to address members of the council.