Who are Dementia Friends?
A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support.
It means you have increased your understanding of dementia and how small things you can do can help support people with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected with their community.
A Dementia Friend is someone who understands small acts can make a big difference.
By having a better understanding of dementia, you are empowered to do small, everyday things that can make a difference to someone with dementia.
Why become a Dementia Friend?
An estimated 436,000 Australians are living with dementia. It impacts the individual living with the condition as well as their loved ones who often provide the support and care.
People living with dementia can find it challenging to participate actively in the community due, in part, to a lack knowledge or understanding of the condition and how it can impact people.
In fact, a recent survey by Dementia Australia found people living with dementia and carers reported experiencing embarrassing situations, feel strongly disconnected, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless.
By becoming a Dementia Friend, and increasing your awareness of dementia and its impacts, you can help a family member, friend, neighbour or co-worker living with dementia feel accepted, safe, included and involved.
A little understanding and kindness can go a long way.
Dementia Australia (August 2017) Dementia and the impact of stigma
How do I start?
By signing up! Once you’ve entered your details into the form on this page, just follow the prompts to complete the first learning module. You will learn about dementia and be introduced to people with dementia and hear their stories. Completing the learning module will earn you a Dementia Friend certificate and badge.