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Dementia Friendly Essentials

All sectors of community can play a valuable role in fostering dementia friendliness

Banks and Financial Services

Banks and Financial Services      are dementia-aware and responsive

Neighbors and    Community Members

Neighbors and community members are understanding and supportive


Legal and Advance Planning Services

Legal and Advance Planning Services are dementia-aware and responsive



Libraries provide access to resources, services, and programs for people living with dementia and their families


Community-based Services and Supports

Independent living options maximize quality of life through meaningful engagement and community supports



Improve care for people with dementia with dementia friendly environments in acute care settings

Government, Community, and Mobility Planning

Transportation, housing, and public spaces enable people with dementia to navigate community


Communities of Faith

Communities of faith are welcoming, engaging, and accommodating to those with cognitive impairment


Memory Loss Supports    and Services

Memory loss supports and services that are provided through specialized, dementia friendly residential options


Sector Videos

Videos offer dementia friendly guidance and simple steps each sector can take


Health Care Throughout the Continuum

Health care throughout the continuum promotes early diagnosis and specialized care



Businesses foster dementia-supportive customer service and environments and support employee caregivers


Government: Emergency Planning and Response

Emergency planning and first response through dementia informed local government practices


Additional Resources

Additional information, guidance, and resources for sectors that  foster dementia friendliness


The Dementia Friendly America® Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit, provider practice tools, dementia training, and related resources were adapted from ACT on Alzheimer's®. They may be reproduced, adapted, or both when these restrictions are followed:

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