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Dementia-friendly community movement gaining momentum

The aim of the dementia-friendly community movement is to support dementia residents in living a more independent, less-stigmatized, lifestyle. In such a community, all sectors of the community are prepared and equipped to support people living with dementia and their care partners, Dementia Friendly America (DFA). The DF movement relies on collaboration of many community partners, which includes: LeadingAge, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association and many other organizations.

Dementia Friendly America was launched at the July 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The forerunner of DFA is ACT on Alzheimer’s, a Minnesota initiative that began with a handful of pilot communities that are receiving national attention. Today ACT on Alzheimer’s participation has grown to 43 Minnesota communities of various sizes. Minnesota has served as a model, with best-practice tools and resources to promote dementia-friendliness. Communities in 20 states now are active in DFA initiatives, with communities in 20 additional states preparing to sign on.

Source: Leading Age