Take action to make your community dementia friendly: Become a Dementia Friend today
Have you joined the movement yet? Join the Alzheimer Society of B.C. as we work with municipalities, professionals, corporations and volunteers to better support people with dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend. Together we can reach the goal of one million Dementia Friends across Canada.
A Dementia Friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into simple actions that can help people with dementia live well. Alzheimer Societies across Canada are working with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the national Dementia Friends Canada awareness and public engagement initiative. The aim is to create a more aware and informed Canadian population to dispel myths and reduce stigma about dementia.
Visit www.dementiafriends.ca to watch an informative video, register as a Dementia Friend and then commit to an action you can take as a Dementia Friend.
You can also participate in face-to-face Dementia Friends educational workshops through the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Over 600 British Columbians have taken in-person education since November 2014. Education helps participants learn how to recognize that a person might have dementia and then respond in a supportive, respectful way. After taking the education participants tell us that they:
- “Would feel more comfortable speaking with someone who has dementia.”
- “Now know the signs.”
- “Have a better understanding of the disease and a better awareness of the resources out there.”
Individual changes in attitude, awareness and knowledge can create big changes for the more than 70,000 people living with dementia in B.C.
Contact [email protected] for more information.Learn more about the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative.