Become a dementia-friendly community

What is a dementia-friendly community?

A dementia-friendly community can be described as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

In a dementia-friendly community people will understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.

No two dementia-friendly communities are alike, however:

  • they normally represent a town or regional area

They must include:

  • a group of people with dementia alongside others such as carers to act in an advisory capacity (often referred to as a dementia alliance)
  • a designated contact person

They may also include:

  • a dedicated project officer
  • dementia-friendly groups (sporting/social groups etc that have committed to the principles of the Dementia-friendly communities program)
  • dementia-friendly organisations (businesses and organisations that have committed to an action plan to make their organisation more dementia-friendly)

Steps to becoming a dementia-friendly community:

  1. sign up to be a dementia friend and complete module one of the free online learning
  2. read the dementia-friendly community toolkit
  3. get people on-board. Join a local dementia alliance or form your own.
  4. complete an Action Plan and submit it to Dementia Australia to be recognised by your local  state based consumer committee or the Dementia-friendly Communities Dementia Advisory Group
  5. your action plan may undergo some revisions before being recognised
  6. promote your community both locally and on this website to raise awareness and bring dementia friendly organisations and groups into your community
  7. stay involved, review and resubmit your action plan annually