The Association Alzheimer of Mauritius was officially registered in May 2005 as a result of the efforts of a group of persons belonging to civil society, acting on their own or within organized NGOs, who were all concerned with the care of elderly persons in a country with an growing ageing population.
Since 2009, the association is a member of ADI (Alzheimer Disease International) – the International Federation of 78 Alzheimer Associations around the world.
Its objectives are:
- To increase awareness in the public about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through many activities and actions;
- To provide support and care to persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and to their families;
- To advocate for greater understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and to make Alzheimer’s Disease a health priority; and
- To carry out research on dementias and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Worldwide there are about 35 million persons with Alzheimer Disease (2009 ADI report) and in Mauritius it was estimated in 2007 that around 6,000 persons had Alzheimer ’s disease.
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