Why are dementia-friendly communities important?

Why are dementia-friendly communities important?

“A dementia-friendly community is one in which residents, businesses and services understand what dementia is, and how to support and communicate with people who have the diagnosis. It is a community that has programs and meaningful activities that my husband could easily access and comfortably participate in. It is an understanding community in which having dementia is not a stigma, and where my husband feels like he is a contributing, participating member of society.”

– B.C. caregiver

Many people with dementia live well in the community for quite a long time. Dementia may make participating in activities and staying involved more difficult. People with dementia and caregivers tell us that stigma, as well as social and physical barriers, can make it more difficult to get around and to feel supported. For example, people with dementia may face challenges when:

  • going shopping,
  • doing their banking,
  • eating out at a restaurant or
  • going to their local post office.
  • using transportation,
  • going on holidays,
  • maintaining social contact or
  • enjoying hobbies out in the community.
However, with a little bit of information, a lot of compassion and your help, there is an opportunity to change this: please join us in creating a dementia-friendly B.C.

With dementia-friendly communities, we can:

  • Build communities that value, include and respect people with dementia.
  • Support a sense of belonging and independence.
  • Recognize signs of dementia and know how to communicate effectively and respectfully.
  • Understand what to do when we see a community member who may be wandering.
  • Complement age-friendly initiatives by adding nuance and emphasizing the needs of people with dementia. 

Last Updated: 08/11/2015