Community Toolkit

A Dementia Friendly community is a village, town, city or county taking action to ensure people with dementia can live independently for as long as possible. It is a community where people living with dementia and their care partners will be able engage in a variety of activities and be supported in these activities. In a Dementia Friendly community, every part of the community plays a role and works together to create a dementia friendly culture.

Getting Started

Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Communities foster change to support people with dementia and their care partners in local communities across the nation. Communities interested in joining the Dementia Friendly America network of communities file a pledge with DFA that their communities will include the following factors, as well as submit three letters of support that represent various sectors of communities.

Link to Dementia Friendly Community Readiness and Recognition Criteria Questionnaire

  • Inclusion and Leadership of People Living with Dementia
    People living with dementia and their caregivers are involved in leading and shaping the dementia friendly communities effort.
  • Champion Organization and Coordination Capacity
    A champion organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor (if needed), and provide leadership, facilitation, and coordination for the initiative has been identified.
  • Connecting Across Sectors
    A cross-sector team will be formed to advance dementia friendliness including at a minimum, government, clinical, community-based organizations and people living in community with dementia and their care partners. Link to page with Sector graphic with text: Every part of community has a unique role in contributing to dementia friendliness
  • Adoption and Communication of Dementia Friendly Practices and Change Goals
    An action plan to implement a community process to assess current dementia capability, analyze the results, and identify and implement community-wide change goals will be developed.
  • Progress Tracking
    Communities will report progress throughout the process with both local stakeholders and engage in national learning collaborative opportunities.


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