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Why become a Dementia Friend?

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. In Australia, dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death of Australian women.

Dementia doesn’t discriminate and can impact anyone - a family member, a neighbour, a work colleague. For people living with dementia, performing daily tasks and maintaining social networks can sometimes be challenging. This is why building communities in which people living with dementia feel understood, accepted, and included, is so important.

A dementia-friendly community is made up of people like you, who have become a Dementia Friend, and groups, businesses and organisations who have taken steps to be more dementia-friendly.

 

Getting started

To start building a dementia-friendly community, it helps to learn what it is like to live with dementia. A good way to do this is by signing up to become a Dementia Friend. An initiative of Dementia Australia, the Dementia Friends program is a series of short online videos designed to help you:

  • learn more about dementia
  • learn about the challenges faced by people living with dementia
  • learn how to help people with dementia remain connected.

After watching our short videos, you can download your Dementia Friend certificate and request your badge.

 

Dementia Friends come from all backgrounds

Dementia does not discriminate and can affect people from all backgrounds and cultures. Dementia Australia is developing a video specifically from Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander people’s perspective about being dementia-friendly.