Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Communities are influencers and catalysts for change that foster capability to support people with dementia and their care partners in local communities across the nation. The following factors indicate that your community is ready for and committed to this undertaking.
Communities interested in designating as a Dementia Friendly America community or member of the Dementia Friendly America network files a pledge with DFA that their communities will include the following factors.
- Inclusion and Leadership of People Living with Dementia
People living with dementia and their caregivers are key in leading and shaping dementia friendly communities. It is imperative that people living with dementia shape a dementia friendly community effort.
- Champion Organization and Coordination Capacity
Communities need a champion organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor (if needed), and provide leadership, facilitation, and coordination for the initiative. Ideally, the champion will help recruit and partner with a senior leader of local government in the effort, (e.g. mayor; city council; other elected officials).
- Connecting Across Sectors
The champion organization will convene a cross-sector team in three or more community sectors to advance dementia friendliness. A cross-sector team includes at a minimum, government, clinical, community-based organizations and people living in community with dementia and their care partners. Ideally, all community sectors are represented on the cross-sector team.
- Adoption and Communication of Dementia Friendly Practices and Change Goals
The champion will support the cross-sector team in fostering sector-specific dementia friendly practices across communities and, if appropriate, help implement a community process to assess current dementia capability, analyze the results and identify and implement community-wide change goals.
- Technical Assistance and Progress Tracking
Communities will have access to content and process support throughout the Dementia Friendly America website portal and technical assistance resources. Communities will report progress throughout the process with both local stakeholders and engage in national learning collaborative opportunities.
Logo and Branding:
Once a community has demonstrated how they meet the criteria, they may identify themselves with the Dementia Friendly America logo, or the network logo if they choose to co-brand with an existing or local brand. DFA-designated communities have access to DFA resources and technical assistance, which provides guidance on optimal dementia friendly practices in all community sectors.
To be recognized as a community working toward becoming dementia friendly and to become a member of the Dementia Friendly America Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send the DFA logos for your use.