What is a dementia-friendly community?

 “The Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative will help create inviting and supportive communities where people like me who are living with dementia in the community can feel comfortable and safe walking, shopping and just getting around.”

 – Jim Mann, Alzheimer’s disease advocate and B.C. leadership group member

On this page

  • Jim’s Story
  • What is a dementia-friendly community?
  • Why are dementia-friendly communities important in B.C.?
  • Global movement

Jim’s Story

Jim Mann, an advocate for people living with dementia, shares his experiences with Alzheimer’s disease in this video, “Jim’s Story”. Developed in partnership by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the City of Vancouver, the video explains how communities can support people affected by dementia.  

Watch Jim’s Story

What is a dementia-friendly community?

A dementia-friendly community focuses on stigma reduction and the inclusion of people living with dementia in the places they work, live and play. When people living with dementia are met with compassion and are acknowledged as rightful members of society, dementia is brought into the open where we can address it together. 

Everyone – local governments, the professional sector, community groups and the general public can work towards becoming more dementia friendly.

Why are dementia-friendly communities important in B.C.?

  • Dementia affects approximately 70, 000 people in B.C. This number is expected to grow as the population of the province ages. Dementia affects not only individuals, but caregivers, families and communities too.
  • Approximately 60 per cent of people living with dementia live by themselves or with a caregiver in our communities.

Learn more about dementia here.

Global movement

The Dementia Friendly Communities movement began in Japan to accommodate an aging population. From there, the initiative spread to the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and North America. It’s truly become a global effort to create communities that acknowledge the human dignity of people living with dementia. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. contributes to the global DFC efforts through our Dementia-Friendly Communities initiative.  

To learn more about the work being done on the global scale, visit:

Our approach

The Society’s Dementia-Friendly Communities (DFC) initiative focuses its efforts on three pillars: people, policy and practice.


Last Updated: 09/18/2019