On June 8th, 2017, Alzheimer’s Association of Trinidad and Tobago (AzATT) commemorated its 17th anniversary by collaborating with Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI) The International Federation of Alzheimer’s Associations around the world to host the 4th ADI Non Latin Caribbean Caribbean Conference on Alzheimers and other Dementias.
The 3-day conference took place June 8th to 10th at the Radisson Hotel, Trinidad. The theme of the conference was “Dementia in the Caribbean: No Time to Lose”
By 2050, it is believed that some one million people in the Caribbean Region will be affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias; Yet, there is limited information, advice, research, policy, advocacy, and support available for those who are affected, and their careers.
Alzheimer’s Associations within the Caribbean, along with health and social care professionals, researchers and politicians came together to show greater concern for those afflicted and affected by dementia.
The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency, Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Honourable, Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health.
The President reflected on the startling data that by the year 2050 approximately one million people in the Caribbean region will be affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other Dementias.
He stated that
a crisis awaits us
we together as a region must face this challenge as one Caribbean people