What is DFA?  Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in community and engage and thrive in day to day living.

What is a Dementia Friendly community? It is a village, town, city or county taking action to ensure people with dementia can live independently for as long as possible. Where they will be able engage in a variety of activities and be supported as these activities become more difficult.

How does a community become Dementia Friendly? To help communities work towards becoming dementia friendly, DFA offers technical assistance, including a community toolkit (live link), sector specific guidance (live link) and best practices synthesized from across the world. To evaluate your community’s readiness to undertake a dementia friendly effort complete this readiness criteria questionnaire.

As the population ages, and the instance of persons living with dementia increases, communities across the country and around the world are undertaking efforts integrating the needs of all. To learn how age-friendly and dementia friendly (dementia friendly could be link to the Toolkit) efforts relate, click here.


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If you and your community are interested in learning about how you can organize a dementia friendly effort in your community, please email DFA at info@dfamerica.org