Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
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What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend is someone who, through an in-person or online session, learns about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!
How do I become a Dementia Friend?
Attend a one-hour long Information Session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. The session has activities and discussions that cover the five key messages everyone should know about dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to do a dementia-friendly action as part of becoming a Dementia Friend. It is not a formal training.
Dementia Friends sessions are also available online.
Once you have watched the overview video, watch at least 3 sector specific video shorts. We encourage you to select the sectors that are most relevant to your role in the community. Then register as a Dementia Friend.
Request a Session
To request an in-person session at your site, please contact Kimiko Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Dementia Friends?
The Dementia Friends program is a global initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the world thinks, talks and acts about the condition. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the nation. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a face-to-face Information Session or watched our online video. They will have learnt a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turned that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Who can be a Dementia Friend?
Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!
What is a Dementia Friends Champion?
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who tells people about dementia, how it affects people’s day-to-day lives, and how they can make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. It’s easy to get involved if you meet our eligibility criteria.
What are the requirements for becoming a Dementia Friends Champion?
- Genuinely have the time to run Dementia Friends Sessions
- Be over 18 years old
- Be a good communicator and speak objectively about dementia
- Enjoy talking to groups of people
- Have access to the internet and be willing to record the number of Friends you reach by the website
- Be enthusiastic about Dementia Friends
- Attend and induction training