DESK REVIEWS | Is there at least one national nongovernmental dementia association such as an Alzheimer Association/Society?

DESK REVIEW | Is there at least one national nongovernmental dementia association such as an Alzheimer Association/Society?

Yes. There is one federation (FEBRAZ) composed of four associations.

Yes. The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) was founded in 1992. It is a registered non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to dementia care, support, awareness and anti-stigma campaigns, training, and research. Through various platforms, ARDSI has engaged in developing dementia care homes, day care centres and memory clinics as well as conducting training programmes for family caregivers, medical health workers, and social workers. The national organisation has 22 chapters in various cities across the country. ARDSI is the first Afro-Asian organisation to receive full membership to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), UK. ARDSI has been registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration act XII, 1955 (Reg. No. S.N. ER 243/93) in 1993.

The Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT) is another non-profit organization that was established in 1998, it is based in Bangalore and is working to support persons with dementia and senior citizens through several programmes and services.

There is a national NGO dementia association, Alzheimer’s Indonesia, which is also a member of ADI. It was first founded as Asosiasi Alzheimer Indonesia in 2000, and in 2013 it evolved into the Alzheimer’s Indonesia Foundation. It has been recognised as an ADI member since 2009 (Alzheimer’s Indonesia, 2019b).


Alzheimer’s Indonesia. (2019b). Tentang Alzheimer Indonesia.

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Organization of Kenya (ADOK) was founded in 2016 by a group of family caregivers. ADOK works to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and provide support to those affected with Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia (Alzheimer’s & Dementia Organization Kenya (ADOK), 2019).


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Organization Kenya (ADOK). (2019). Training.


There are several NGOs in Mexico. The main organisation is the National Alzheimer Federation, FEDMA (Federación Mexicana de Alzheimer). FEDMA groups 20 associations from different states of the country.

Yes, Alzheimer’s South Africa (ASA) (see There is also Dementia-SA that has a strong presence in the Western Cape province, but also provides a national service through a national helpline (see