Phase 1: Convene

Step 1: Determine Community Readiness

A.    Enlist Champions. Prepare an initial meeting with five to seven interested community members who recognize the impact of dementia in your community, can commit some time to the project, and are willing to assist with the recruitment of an Action Team. 

B.    Discuss Readiness. As a group, discuss definitions and determine whether your community is ready to form an Action Team and work toward a dementia friendly community culture.  Decide the next steps and schedule the next meeting.  Have members identify and invite other community stakeholders. 

•    Have a person who is directly affected by dementia convene the meeting.
•    Involve influential community members who are well-known and respected
•    Use the Initial Team Meeting Discussion Guide rather than a formal meeting agenda