International work

Dementia is a global issue.

Dementia is the 7th leading cause of death in the world according to the World Health Organisation and is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide. By 2010 the estimated worldwide cost of dementia will be US$ 2Trillion.

Dementia requires a worldwide response and the ASI plays its part alongside other European and world organisations that advocate on behalf of those with dementia and their carers.

Infographic Dementia and the World

Alzheimer Europe

The ASI is an active member of the umbrella organisation Alzheimer Europe (AE) and one of its founding members. The ASI CEO Pat McLoughlin was elected to the Board of Alzheimer Europe in October 2018.

The ASI works with Alzheimer Europe on European Election campaigns, participates in policy papers and research projects and shares and exchanges knowledge with European partners. ASI staff members and members of the Irish Dementia Working Group have presented and participated at many AE Annual Conferences, at their Alzheimer Academy and regularly at pan-European meetings.

To find out more about the work of Alzheimer Europe visit:

Alzheimer’s Disease International

The ASI is a member of the global umbrella organisation Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). In addition to participating in European regional meetings, in 2018 the ASI presented on its research work at the ADI conference in Chicago, and in 2017 the ASI were awarded a bursary to attend the ADI’s  Alzheimer University in Washington DC.

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World Health Organisation

Only a few countries currently have formulated national dementia plans, despite approximately fifty million people worldwide living with dementia.The Global action plan on the public health response to dementia 2017-2025 was adopted by World Health Organisation (WHO) Member States at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017, with the aim to urge all countries to build a public policy response to dementia.

In 2017 WHO launched the Global Dementia Observatory. A web based platform, it tracks progress on the provision of services for people with dementia and for those who care for them, both within countries and globally. The Observatory monitors the presence of national policy and plans, risk reduction measures and infrastructure for providing care and treatment. Information on surveillance systems and disease burden data is also included.

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