BENEFITING: Alzheimer's Disease International
Support Participation of People with Dementia
in the 2014 ADI Conference, May 1-5, 2014
Presented by Dementia Alliance International
People diagnosed with dementia have contributed significantly to previous Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) conferences as delegates, speakers, panelists, and session chairs. At conferences, they give of their time to educate other delegates about the challenges of living with dementia. Equally important, delegates living with dementia meet and are inspired by other advocates, and are exposed at an international level to resources and programs being implemented around the world.
Many delegates with dementia have returned to their own countries with renewed purpose, energy, and commitment—becoming critical to advocacy and awareness-raising efforts in their own communities.
Finances are a major barrier to conference participation
However, financial issues present a major barrier to participation of people with dementia. After diagnosis, jobs are lost; people are fired or leave voluntarily with dignity intact. Many are barred from disability benefits. Some suffer additional financial setbacks such as divorce, home foreclosure and more—sometimes with a child still at home. Retirement funds are used for sheer survival rather than for enjoyment, and as time passes, additional funds are needed for in-home care, medical expenses, and long-term care.
As a result, many people with dementia—ready, willing, and able to share their knowledge and expertise with conference delegates—must turn down the invitation because they cannot afford the travel and registration for themselves and in many cases, a care partner. ADI has in the past graciously provided limited assistance, but cannot meet the need on its own.
With your help…
We are Dementia Alliance International, a new group comprised of people with dementia from the USA, Canada and other countries that seek to represent, support and educate others living with the disease. But without financial assistance, most of us, and others like us, will not be able to attend.
We think it is so important that people with dementia participate in this conference, that we are leading the effort to raise money to subsidize travel expenses for delegates with dementia. With your help, we can realize our dream of attending this very important international conference and representing the interests of people with dementia from around the world.
Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 to subsidize approximately ten people with dementia (and care partners as required) to attend the 2014 ADI International Conference in Puerto Rico. In addition, our group will be provided with a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and a breakfast educational session that will be organized and run by people with dementia.
For more information, please contact
Laura Bowley at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of ADI at email@example.com