We are not there yet, but we are farther along than most people might imagine.
The Dementia Friendly America initiative is a movement designed to help improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's and related dementia.
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The program is designed to help cities and communities to be come more dementia friendly; and, to help those living with dementia to life a higher quality of life while living at home.
- The Healthcare Community
- Police Officers
- Store Owners
- and those who interact directly with dementia patients - like those who work in a hospital, doctors office, or serve food.
The program is an extension of the Act on Alzheimer's which started in Minnesota.Here is a short video I found on the Act on Alzheimer's website that does a good job of framing these initiatives.
I really like this tip sheet I found on the Act website -
If you own a business you will want to read this. You might also consider sharing this in your community with the police, businesses and even your doctor.
In the U. K. they are way ahead of us. Here are two pages I really like.
Are you ready for this? They already have
1,457,331 Dementia Friends
in the U.K.
When Dementia Friends first announced in 2012 they would recruit 1,000,000 Friends everyone I talked to said they would never do it. I decided to write about it predicting that they would not only accomplish their mission that they would do it faster than anticipated.
I did predict that Dementia Friends would become a worldwide movement. It is not yet happening in the way I envisioned. I am still optimistic and I am looking forward to a Dementia Friendly World.
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You need to consider becoming an activist. Why not jump in and get your community or city moving?
I know we can do it, and the sooner the better.
I have been sitting on my own duff to long. Tomorrow I am going to call some wonderful people and start working on turning Delray Beach into a Dementia Friendly City. Once I get that accomplished I'll work on unleashing the goodness inside of us and get the ball rolling.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR).
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