A dementia friendly community is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life.
Joining Dementia Friendly America means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY COMMUNITY
*Broad awareness and recognition of the signs of dementia and how to communicate with people with dementia
*People with dementia can go about their daily activities, have a voice and make decisions, and contribute to community life for as long as possible with understanding, respect, and support from their care partners and other community members.
*People with dementia can live safely and be as independent as possible in settings that promote physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual wellness.
*People with dementia-like symptoms can receive an accurate and timely assessment and diagnosis followed by optimal treatment, support, and care
*People with dementia and their families, friends, and care partners have easy access to supportive options, information, and resources, such as education on disease process, self-care, and providing care
*Resources and support are available and accessible to all people regardless of where they live, their cultural background, or their economic statusr