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
http://www.dementiafriendlyalabama.org/
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  

El Dorado
Bethany Moore

Arkansas

State Lead
Angie Norman

Delaware

State Lead
Cynthia Mercer

Florida

State Lead
Christine Sherrill
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/dcci.php
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
https://www.dementiafriendlyamericacitruscounty.org/

Georgia

State Lead
Victoria Helmly

Hawaii

State Lead
Adrienne Dillard

 

Grayslake
Mike Steiner

Maine

State Lead 
Jessica Maurer

Prince George's County
Gloria Lawlah

Massachusetts

State Lead
Patty Sullivan
https://mcoaonline.com/programs/dementia-friendly/

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
http://www.actonalz.org/
Through Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s program, there are dementia friendly initiatives in over 50 communities in Minnesota.

Montana

Billings
Suzanne McKiernan
                                                

Nevada

State Lead 
Mary Liveratti
https://dementiafriendlynevada.org/

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

 

Yellow Springs
Antonia Dosik

 

Ohio

Hancock County
Marty Williman

Oregon

Mid-Columbia River Gorge
Brittany Willson

New Oxford/Hanover
Jennifer Holcomb

Tennessee

Knoxville (Purple Cities)
Gwyn Earl
http://www.purplecities.org/
Purple Cities is also active in Northeast, TN; Sevier, TN; and Oak Ridge, TN.

Utah

State Lead 
Lynn Meinor

Washington

Seattle
Marigrace Becker

West Virginia

State Lead
Helen Matheny