Building a Dementia-Friendly Movement

Twin Cities PBS
Late Life: Facing Dementia

Alzheimer's Association - Minnesota
Purple Gala video on dementia friendly communities

Citizen-Times, May 2016
Life shouldn't end when dementia begins

LeadingAge Magazine, May 2016
New Collaboration Aims to Create Dementia-Friendly Cities

Wicked Local Northborough, May 2016
In MetroWest, experts take community approach to living with dementia

USA Today, February 2016
Communities strive to be 'dementia-friendly' as Alzheimer's numbers grow

AARP Minnesota, January 2016
Hometown Hero Olivia Mastry: A Collaborative Approach to Health

LeadingAge, November 2015
2015 Public Trust Award

During the 2015 LeadingAge Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was acknowledged during the 2015 Public Trust Award presentation for its work in fostering dementia friendliness across the country. Included was Ron Grant's clip from the DFA video which can be found here:

The Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2015
More Cities Aim to Be 'Dementia Friendly'

Boston Globe, October 19, 2015
Efforts Spread to Aid Dementia Sufferers

Daily Local News (Pennsylvania), October 12, 2015
Promoting Senior Wellness: Becoming a dementia-friendly community

Kiplinger's Retirement, October 2015
Communities Going “Dementia Friendly”

SF GATE, September 18, 2015
Communities Making Efforts to Become “Dementia Friendly”

msn, September 18, 2015
More Communities Becoming “Dementia Friendly”

Next Avenue, September 18, 2015
Making Communities Friendlier for Those With Dementia

Mayo Clinic, September 2, 2015
Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Blog

Penn Memory Center, August 19, 2015
Dementia Friendly America initiative seeks to inform, equip communities

Forbes, July 31, 2015
Making Dementia Friendly Communities the New Normal

Minnesota Public Radio, July 23, 2015
Dementia-Friendly Cities Gain Momentum

The White House of the United States of America, July 13, 2015
White House Conference on Aging: Panel on Caregiving in America

The topic of dementia friendly communities was selected to be part of a caregiver panel at the Conference and the White House partnered with DFA to discuss the concept and announce the DFA initiative. Frank Fernandez, CEO of Blue Plus (a health plan subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Sheild of Minnesota) and an active leader in fostering dementia friendliness, stepped forward to deliver the DFA initiative announcement given his membership on the DFA National Council, Blue Plus’ significant investment in the Minnesota ACT on Alzheimer’s dementia friendly community effort, and in the health equity aspects of dementia care.