Orien Reid, Former Chairman
However, with the support of my association in the Dominican Republic and the confidence and support of Orien Reid, my good teacher, here I am today, the Chairman of ADI, a position I never dreamed of holding and for which I am extremely honoured.
Brian Moss became our first Chairman in 1990 and was succeeded by Nori Graham, me, Orien Reid and Daisy Acosta.
Orien Reid, Former Chairman
Orien Reid first joined ADI as a representative from the USA attending ADI's conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1999, as Chair of the Alzheimer's Association.
In 2002, Orien was elected Vice Chairman of ADI.
has had four family members with Alzheimer's disease
- grandmother, mother, aunt and an uncle.
felt that the most positive, constructive way to address the disease was to get involved herself.
became a volunteer for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association
in 1990, organising its first Memory Walk in 1991.
Orien's volunteer efforts with ADI
have given her
a broader appreciation of how Alzheimer's disease
is viewed and managed around the world.
"In the USA we tend to assume that we have the best of care.
I am impressed with the attitudes toward ageing in Chinese Taipei, Japan and South Korea.
I have a better understanding of the nature of the disease and how other societies address it."
first became involved with ADI
"was sure the budget must have been in millions" and says she
was shocked when she
saw the annual report.
sought confirmation from Nori Graham, thinking there must have been some mistake.
Upon being told that the budget was indeed around US$350,000 per annum, she
jokes that, it "blew me away"!
At that time ADI
had only 4 full time staff.
At one time ADI
had a staff of 6, and "that itself was a 50% growth!
Despite the small budget and staff, ADI
has continued to show tremendous commitment to the various programmes.
feels, has truly snowballed into a global organisation.
drew the interest of GE Healthcare in the USA through her
presentation about ADI's activities when she
introduced this global patient-focused health care advocacy group with a focus on dementia.
annual International Conferences from 1999-2007.
believes that, while each conference is special, the one that made a difference was when Christine Bryden, a person with dementia, gave the keynote address in New Zealand in 2001: "It fundamentally changed ADI
, making it a world leader in involving people with dementia".
wishes that every country around the world be represented in ADI
over the next 25 years, considering the growth in the sheer number of people with dementia over the next 20 years.
Africa isn't well represented at present and she
would like to see more African countries become members.