Dementia Friends 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 Minnesota. 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.
Since the launch of Dementia Friends Minnesota in September 2016, nearly 7,500 Minnesotans are now proudly calling themselves Dementia Friends. The program is a social action movement to create more dementia friendly communities by changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.
To become a Dementia Friend, you participate in a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session presented by a Dementia Friends Champion. You will learn five key messages about dementia and a bit about what it’s like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend, you turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. Your action can be big or small – because every action counts!
The one-hour Information Session is an in-person experience run by a Dementia Friends Champion. It is not a formal training. The session has activities and discussion 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, but the choice is yours.
You don’t need to be a dementia expert to become a Dementia Friend. You don’t need to know someone with dementia to become a Dementia Friend. After you attend the session, taking action as a Dementia Friend is up to you.
By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects families, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
Can we be the Land of 10,000 Dementia Friends by December 31? Together, let’s make it happen!
Find a Dementia Friends Information Session actonalz.org/dementia-friends-information-sessions
Visit actonalz.org/dementia-friends to learn more about becoming a Dementia Friend!