Dementia Friendly America Network

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Communities and states across the country are joining the Dementia Friendly America movement! For information about a specific community, please email the community/state lead listed below.

For more information on joining the DFA network of communities check out the DFA Readiness and Recognition criteria or contact info@dfamerica.org.

 

 

Alabama

State Lead
Stephanie Holmes
Web Site
The Dementia Friendly Alabama initiative has provided grants to nine community groups to engage in dementia friendly community efforts: Opelika, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Pelham, Camden, Cognitive Dynamics Foundation, and Tuscaloosa.

Arizona 

Tempeh
Jane Gerlica

Arkansas   

El Dorado
Bethany Moore

State Lead
Angie Norman

California

San Diego County
Renee Sherrill

Ventura County
Victoria Jump
Website

Colorado

Denver
JJ Jordan
Website

Connecticut

State Lead
Cynthia Mercer

Florida

State Lead
Christine Sherrill
Website
Through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs initiative, there are dementia friendly initiatives in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota and Ft. Myers.

Citrus County
Gailen Spinka
Website

Georgia

State Lead
Victoria Helmly

Hawaii

State Lead
Adrienne Dillard

Illinois

State Lead
Raj Shah, M.D.
Website

 

Grayslake
Mike Steiner

 

Indiana

Bloomington
Amanda Mosier
Website

Maine

State Lead 
Jessica Maurer

Maryland

Prince George's County
Gloria Lawlah

Montgomery County
Lylie Fisher
Website

Massachusetts  

State Lead
Elizabeth Connell
Website

Through the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts initiative, there are numerous dementia friendly community initiatives in MA.

Michigan

Grand Rapids
Jennifer VanHorssen

Minnesota

State Lead
Dawn Simonson
Website
Through Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s program, there are dementia friendly initiatives in over 50 communities in Minnesota.

Montana

Missoula
Patti Holkup

Billings
Suzanne McKiernan                                                  

Nebraska

State Lead
Jennifer Beck
Website

Nevada

State Lead 
Mary Liveratti
Nevada has funded several dementia friendly community initiatives through its federal Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services program.

New Hampshire

Portsmouth
Brinn Sullivan

New York

State Lead
Thea Griffin

North Carolina

Western Region
Cathy Hebert
Website

 

 

Yellow Springs
Antonia Dosik

 

Ohio

Hancock County
Marty Williman

Oklahoma

Tulsa
Clark Miller
Website

Oregon

Mid-Columbia River Gorge
Brittany Willson

Pennsylvania

Bucks County
Kevin Jameson
Website

Tennessee

Knoxville (Purple Cities)
Gwyn Earl
Website
Purple Cities is also active in Northeast, TN; Sevier, TN; and Oak Ridge, TN.

Texas

State Lead
Lynda Taylor

Fort Worth
Gail Snider

Utah

State Lead 
Lynn Meinor

Virginia

State Lead
Melissa Andrews

Herndon
Toni Reinhart
Website

Washington

Seattle
Marigrace Becker

West Virginia

State Lead
Helen Matheny

Wisconsin

State Lead
Kristen Felten
Website 

Middleton
Stacy Austin-Li

Through Wisconsin’s Dementia Care Specialist program there are also dementia friendly community initiatives in the following Aging and Disability Resource Center counties: ADRC of the North; ADRC of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties, ADRC of Brown County; ADRC of Dane County; ADRC of Dodge County; ADRC of Eau Claire County;  ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin; Kenosha County ADRC; ADRC of Milwaukee County; ADRC of Ozaukee County; ADRC of Rock County; ADRC of St. Croix County

Wyoming