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Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends California

Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Purposeful Aging Initiative, in partnership with Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles, Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is proud to serve as the state lead of the Dementia Friends USA in California.

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who, through an in-person or online session, learns about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!

How do I become a Dementia Friend?

 In-Person

Attend a one-hour long Information Session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. The session has activities and discussions that cover the five key messages everyone should know about dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to do a dementia-friendly action as part of becoming a Dementia Friend. It is not a formal training.

Upcoming Sessions

Jul 25 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Beverly Hospital
Become a Dementia Friend by completing this one-hour session. Learn five key messages about dementia and develop action steps to help your community. Each participant with receive a Dementia Friend pin and become a member of this global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom.
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am Regency Grand
Become a Dementia Friend by completing this one-hour session. Learn five key messages about dementia and develop action steps to help your community. Each participant with receive a Dementia Friend pin and become a member of this global movement developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom.
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Host a Session

To request a session at your site, please contact Kimiko Kelly at kkelly@alzgla.org.

Online

Dementia Friends sessions are also available online.

Once you have watched the overview video, watch at least 3 sector specific video shorts.  We encourage you to select the sectors that are most relevant to your role in the community.  Then register as a Dementia Friend.

Click here to take the next step online

How to become a Dementia Friends Champion

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who goes through a training that prepares them to encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. Dementia Friend Champions lead in-person Dementia Friends sessions that gives people information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

It’s easy to get involved. Dementia Friends Champions will attend a training session, receive support when they need it, and be part of an international network of Dementia Friends.

Interested in becoming a Dementia Friends Champion? Email Kimiko Kelly at kkelly@alzgla.org

FAQ

What is Dementia Friends?

The Dementia Friends program is a global initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the world thinks, talks and acts about the condition. Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the nation. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

What is a Dementia Friends Champion?

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who tells people about dementia, how it affects people’s day-to-day lives, and how they can make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. It’s easy to get involved if you meet our eligibility criteria.

What are the requirements for becoming a Dementia Friends Champion?

To be a Dementia Friends Champion you need to:

  • Genuinely have the time to run Dementia Friends Information Sessions and reach around 100 people
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be a good communicator and speak objectively about dementia
  • Enjoy talking to groups of people
  • Have access to the internet and be willing to record the number of Friends you reach by the website
  • Keen to set up Information Sessions in workplaces and your local community
  • Be enthusiastic about Dementia Friends
  • Attend and induction training

What is a Dementia Friend?

A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended a face-to-face Information Session or watched our online video. They will have learnt a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turned that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Who can be a Dementia Friend?

Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!

How do I become a Dementia Friend?

Becoming a Dementia Friend is simple. Either watch a series of videos online or attend an in person informational session. Click here to find a session near you.

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