A message from all at Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)
It is with great regret that we inform you that Jerome H. Stone, founder and Honorary
Vice-President of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), passed away on the 1
January 2015 at the age of 101.
As the President of the Alzheimer’s Association in the USA, Jerry Stone brought
together the associations who founded ADI in 1984 in Washington DC. Over the years
Jerry visited many of the ADI Conferences and when interviewed for ADI’s 25th
anniversary book in 2009, he said: “I am proud of all these people that I have worked
with and that ADI has grown far beyond my influence.” He gave his last formal
presentation for ADI at the Alzheimer University on Public Policy and Campaigning in
Chicago in 2010.
Jerry became involved with the Alzheimer’s movement when his wife, Evelyn, was
diagnosed with the disease in 1970. Jerry recognized the need for an organisation that
would provide support for people with dementia and their caregivers and advance
research toward treatment and ultimately, a cure.
Jacob Roy Kuriakose, Chairman of ADI said: “Jerry Stone inspired us all to make the
Alzheimer’s and dementia movement truly global, to be ambitious and think big and
reach out to the global institutions. We will miss him a lot.”
Marc Wortmann added: “Jerry was very active in his role as Honorary Vice-President
of ADI. I met with him a few times in Chicago in the last few years and was always
touched by his ongoing enthusiasm and knowledge of the organisation. I feel very
privileged that I was able to meet Jerry and to learn from him.”
In 2006, Jerry received the very first ADI Award at the 22nd ADI conference in Berlin.
Today we join together to send our deepest condolences to his family and to the many
people in the global dementia community who knew Jerry and considered him a both
a friend and an inspiration. We are eternally grateful for his huge contribution to the
global dementia movement and want to thank him for his personal involvement in the
establishment and development of ADI as an organisation.
5 January 2015


2nd September, 2014
Launching of Awareness Campaign on Reducing the risk of Dementia in Ghana

3rd September, 2014
Dementia: Awareness and Education – Obonu FM/Radio AND Joy FM.

4th September, 2014
Dementia: Awareness and Education – TV3

9th September, 2014
Dementia Education and Training Workshop– Panthang Mental Hospital

11th September, 20
Play/Drama on Dementia Awareness – Ningo Prampram District Assembly

14th September, 2014
Play/Drama on Dementia Awareness and Education – Christ Apostolic Church Tema.

16th – 18th
September, 2014
2 Days Dementia Screening /Diagnosis of patients and Training for Caregivers/Families – Gambaga Witch-camp

19th September, 2014

Dementia Awareness Campaign– Central Mosque, Ashaiman

22nd September,2014
Dementia Awareness and Education Programme – Narh-Bita Nursing College, Tema. (Media Presence)

23rd September, 2014
Home Visits to Dementia Patients (Our Clients)

25th September, 2014
Memory Walk to Create Awareness/Fund raising

30th September, 2014
Conference/Celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day – Christ the King Catholic Church Conference Hall.

Workshop Programme: Scaling-up Ageing and Health Interventions in Ghana.

Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Association of Ghana was invited by WHO to participate in a three day workshop with the topic “Scaling-up Ageing and Health Interventions in Ghana. The workshop which took place in Accra from 13th to 15th August 2013 included senior policy-makers and programme managers from Ghana Health Services and Ministry of Health from the different districts, other partners from UN and bilateral agencies, NGOs, and researchers from academic institutions. This initiative is part of Global Knowledge Translation for Ageing and Health project developed in partnership, and with financial assistance from Age UK. The objectives were to

  • Review the outcomes and recommendations of the country assessment report  and agree on the priority actions to be scaled up,
  • Prepare draft “country scale-up plans” on the priority actions,
  • Learn the fundamentals of evidence based policy development using Knowledge Translation and EVIPNet methodologies as tools and resources available to guide policy-makers  and stakeholders to make evidence-informed decisions for policy and programme implementation,
  • Learn the fundamentals of ageing and health programming,
  • Identify what each sector could contribute to the defined priority actions, and
  • Establish what each sector should contribute to the current implementation plan of the Ghana Ageing Policy.

Present at the meeting was the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr John Beard WHO President Geneva, Dr Mary Brantuo WHO, Ghana, Dr. Peju Olukoya, Consultant to WHO, Dr. Islene Araujo de Carvalho, WHO Geneva, Prof. Britwum, Ms Jan Killeen, Consultant to Alzheimer’s Disease International to mention but a few.

During the workshop participants were tasked to further describe the main ageing and health problems being faced in Ghana and develop Five Country Scale-up Plan. Each Country Scale up Plan addressed in detail one specific problem, and presented evidence based implementation strategies to tackle these problems. This process was facilitated by an extensive review of Ghana Ageing and Health Policies, Plans and programmes.

Ghana SAGE Report was also used as the main source of data, complemented by document review, sites visits and key informants interviews. In addition to the information in the Ghana Country Assessment report and SAGE report undertaken in 2010, the National Ageing and Health Task Force supported by WHO, tried to identify, in advance, existing evidence and information in relevant sectors related to the problem in the country or on the options proposed to address those problem that were identified. In the workshop, we developed a minimum of five Country Scale up Implementation Plans which served as a basis for implementation. The EVIPNet methodologies was used in the workshop and focused on the context of Ghana. The participants worked on developing a draft of a country scale up plan for each identified problem.

Further, Dr. John Beard President of WHO Geneva, Mrs Jan Killeen a consultant from Alzheimer’s Disease International in conjunction with Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Association of Ghana and a representative from Help Age Ghana facilitated an opened discussion of additional problems identified by participants, related to policies for ageing interventions in the health system

Interactive plenary sessions were followed by work in small groups of 5, (ideally 5 to 6 people in each group). This allowed workshop participants to grapple with the questions in light of the issues on which they (departments, directorates, or institutions) worked on or addressed. During the discussions the salient problems such as affecting the ageing were identified to be:

  • Diagnosed and untreated hypertension,
  • High prevalence of chronic eye and respiratory problems
  • Limitation of function affecting social participation and quality of life
  • Poor utilization of healthcare services by older people, and
  • Inadequate preparedness of the health workforce to care for older people

Clarification of the problems were then made to successfully develop policy and action plans in the area of how the problem came to attention, the size of the problem, the cause of the problem, and how it was framed or described. In relation to this, policy options were suggested and implementation strategies were developed and were incorporated in the scale up plan for action. Following the presentation of the findings for implementation, a final session was held which then focused on steps to be taken to finalize the country scale up plans leaving how to finance the plan to be discussed in a donor’s round table.

2nd Africa Regional Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International

2nd Africa Regional Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International

On behalf of ARDAG Susanne Spittel attended the 2nd Africa Regional Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International,  Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 – 11 May 2013.

About the Conference

The Africa Alzheimer’s Congress has been created to provide education, information, conversation, and inspiration about Alzheimer’s and other memory related diseases.

Learn about everything related to the disease and the social factors that influence the health and wellbeing of communities.

Leave with important connections and an enlightened approach and the knowledge to enrich the community that you work in.

Objectives of the Conference

The Africa Alzheimer’s Congress, a first of its kind in South Africa, will focus not only on the Pharmaceutical and Medical needs of Alzheimer’s patients, but also on those of the Caretakers.

The conference, which targets doctors, specialists and care givers will feature a wide range of topics as can be seen in the Scientific Schedule.

This unique opportunity will bring together leading experts to explore international research on diagnosis methodology, as well as current and future treatment options for Alzheimer’s.

It will be an event to share knowledge and experience, develop collaborative thinking and inspire the next generation of our best and brightest young people to take up a career in this field.