World Alzheimer’s Month: A Q&A with Alzheimer’s Disease International’s Marc Wortmann

Posted by Biome on 20th September 2013 - 0 Comments

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and this year’s theme is ‘Dementia: a journey of caring’.

World Alzheimer’s Month was founded by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the organisation providing a global voice for dementia, who are working with Alzheimer associations across the world to focus attention on the care required by people with dementia throughout the course of the disease. As part of World Alzheimer’s Month, ADI have developed a Facebook app, ‘Let Memories Last‘, to allow people to experience what dementia is like.

In this video, Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI, discusses the current challenges faced by the Alzheimer’s community and how the work of ADI is tackling some of these issues. Wortmann introduces the ADI 2013 World Alzheimer’s Report, which addresses the issue of long term care for people with dementia. He also discusses his recent commentary published in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy – now affiliated with ADI – on the need for national plans for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Wortmann goes on to provide his thoughts on research funding for Alzheimer’s disease and introduces the work of the 10/66 Dementia Research Group, a collective of researchers forming part of ADI that carry out population-based research into dementia, non-communicable diseases and ageing in low and middle income countries.


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Marc Wortmann, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Disease International, London, UK.

Marc Wortmann comes from a legal background, having obtained a Master of Laws from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He went on to become Executive Director of Alzheimer Nederland from 2000 to 2006 and Vice-President of the European Fundraising Association until October 2007. In 2006, Wortmann became Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, a non-governmental organisation based in London, UK, of which there are currently 79 member countries. He is engaged in fundraising, campaigning and raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as public policy and ethical issues relating to dementia.


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