Here you will find a collection of resources that will help you to understand and develop dementia-friendly communities and organisations.

1. First Steps to a dementia-friendly Australia

First Steps to a dementia-friendly Australia is a collection of examples from across Australia that highlight what being dementia friendly means in practice and shows that the small things can make a big difference to a person with dementia life. First Steps aims is to inspire other communities and organisations to see these practical examples and take the next steps towards being dementia-friendly.

2. Dementia-friendly guide

The purpose of this Guide is to support local organisations, groups and individuals who want to make their community more dementia friendly. The Guide is for people who want to make a positive difference to, and work with, people with dementia and their families. This Guide provides a practical framework based on a change management approach of eight steps to assist communities in working towards becoming more dementia-friendly. The process and activities being undertaken in the Port Macquarie region of New South Wales are used as a case study throughout the Guide to demonstrate how the community there is following a change management approach to make it dementia-friendly.

3. Dementia friendly Societies: The Way Forward paper

This paper was launched in May 2013 to bring together all the information available on initiatives aimed at creating dementia friendly societies as well as to propose the next steps to foster the development of dementia-friendly societies in the Australian context.

4. Cognitive Impairment Symbol: creating dementia friendly organisations paper

Alzheimer’s Australia released this paper in May 2013 to provide an overview of an approach to promoting dementia-friendly organisations through the use of a cognitive impairment symbol in Australia and overseas.

5. The Dementia Language Guidelines

The Dementia Language Guidelines have been developed by Alzheimer's Australia in collaboration with our national consumer advisory networks to promote the consistent use of appropriate, inclusive and non stigmatising language when talking about dementia and people with dementia. The guidelines are intended for use by health professionals, service providers, researchers, media as well as carers and family members of people with dementia. View the guidelines.

6. Living with Dementia in the Community: Challenges and Opportunities

This report highlights the findings from the first national survey of people living with dementia conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia in 2014. This survey was undertaken to identify the priorities for tackling stigma and social isolation associated with dementia in the community.