Dementia Friendly is an international effort to make our communities more welcoming and livable for people with dementia.
At the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was launched.
Former US senator Bill Frist, national spokesperson for the program, said, "Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be devastating to American families. We’re building a nationwide effort to educate Americans about dementia, equip business owners to recognize and assist those with memory loss, and empower people with Alzheimer’s and dementia to engage independently and safely in community life for as long as possible."Read more here.
A number of countries such as Britain, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands, have well established Dementia Friendly initiatives.In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron launched his Dementia Challenge in March 2012. He said, "Dementia is one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime, and I am proud that we are leading the world in fighting it." Read more here.
Orange County, NC
There may be as many as 5,000 people in Orange County with dementia. Thanks to the vision of the County Commissioners and the Department on Aging, Orange County is well on its way to being Dementia Friendly.
We boast two wonderful senior centers and offer a range of services for the aging community. That's why our focus is on local businesses. Our vision is to have a community where people can continue to shop and conduct their day-to-day activities with as much independence and dignity as possible.Learn more about the Orange County Department on Aging.