GREAT BAY, St. Maarten (July 3, 2012)- Last week, the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation (SMAF) members Keith Franca, President and Raymond Jessurun, Secretary presented Minister of Public Health Social Development & Labor, Cornelius De Weever with a copy of the June edition of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) newsletter. The newsletter features three articles all dedicated to the St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation.
“I applaud the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation for exposing St. Maarten internationally and appreciate this form of health tourism as well. There is no telling what we can build on this foundation,” said Minister De Weever.
On page three of the publication the St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation, out of the 78 members of ADI, is being mentioned as one of the twelve ADI member associations that produced news releases for the launch of the WHO’s dementia report. As one of ADI’s newest members the SMAF “was quick to ensure the report reaches the country’s Public Health Minister. Following the presentation of the report directly to the Minister on April 11, 2012 it was announced that initial efforts were being made to develop a national plan of action on dementia.” To maintain this momentum in the international news, the follow up letter with suggestions from the SMAF of April 18, 2012 to get a national dementia action plan was discussed with the Minister of Public Health.
On page four of the newsletter the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation is being mentioned as one of the newest Alzheimer organizations which became a member of Alzheimer Disease International this year. The article welcomes the two new organizations and ends with the wish of ADI to “look forward to working closely with us in the future”
Under the feature “My Perspective” in the Newsletter under “Carer’s Story” on page nine we can read about the personal experience Raymond Jessurun has with dementia. At the end of the article ADI refers the readers for more information about the work of the St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation to its email address
Global Perspective is ADI's newsletter which is produced four times a year and features the activities of ADI and Alzheimer associations worldwide as well as carers' stories and research updates. Readers have the possibility to sign up to receive newsletter notifications by email or to visit http://www.alz.co.uk/ADI-publications and download a copy of the newsletter(s).