Dementia Friends is a global movement…

…that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. As the number of Indiana residents affected by dementia continues to grow, so does the need for communities to better understand dementia and better accommodate the challenges of those affected by the diseases that cause it.

The Dementia Friends Indiana initiative is an outreach of Dementia Friends America and seeks to educate communities across the state about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones.

The Dementia Friends Growth…

The Dementia Friends America program grew out of a 35-community Minnesota program called ACT on Alzheimer’s.  During the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, Dementia Friends America committed to expanding to 15 states beyond Minnesota in a year.  Over 48 communities across 36 states now have joined Dementia Friends America and are striving to become dementia friendly.

Each sector of a community has a unique role to play in contributing toward dementia friendliness, whether it is a hospital or health care setting, a business or retail locations, community-based services, faith communities, local government or residential care.

To find out more about Dementia Friends Indiana please email contact@thrive-alliance.org

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