Why dementia-friendly communities?
Every three seconds, someone in the world develops symptoms of dementia. It might be a family member, a neighbour, or someone you have worked with. 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.
Businesses, organisation, groups, and individuals can all play a vital role in creating dementia-friendly communities.
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 innitiative of Dementia Australia, the Dementia Friends program is a series of learning videos designed to help members of the public:
- learn more about dementia
- learn about the challenges face by people living with dementia
- learn how to help people with dementia remain connected
After watching our learning videos, you can download your Dementia Friend certificate and begin building your dementia-friendly community.
To access our learning videos online, simply:
- sign up to gain access to our video series
- watch each video in your own time, and as many times as you like
- request and download your Dementia Friend certificate.
Become a First Peoples community Dementia Friend (coming soon)
Dementia does not discriminate and can affect people from all backgrounds and cultures. Video series 2 offers you the opportunity to learn more about dementia and First Peoples communities.
To access Video series 2, simply follow the above steps.