Dementia Summit


Earlier this month the National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers was held in Bethesda, Maryland. The summit's goals included how to identify what we know and what we need to know to accelerate the development, evaluation, translation, implementation, and scaling up of comprehensive care, services, and supports for persons with dementia, families, and other caregivers. The Summit was focused on research that is needed to improve quality of care and outcomes across care settings, including quality of life and the lived experience of persons with dementia and their caregivers.

If you could not attend, session materials can be found here.

New Dementia Friendly Communities

In mid-October residents and key stakeholders in Missoula, Montana attended an event designed to outline steps Missoula could take towards becoming a Dementia Friendly community. 

The event sponsored by the Missoula Coalition on Aging & Disability (MCOAD) Education Committee was facilitated by Patti Holkup, PhD, RN, and Chair of the committee.  In addition to an overview presentation by the DFA team, Kay Wallick, Program Director for Dementia Friendly Wyoming outlined the significant efforts underway in Sheridan and provided guidance for a community beginning the effort. The presentations were followed by questions from the audience with one attendee who is living with dementia highlighting how beneficial a supportive community can be.

Missoula is being joined by several other communities around the state that have initiated Dementia Friendly efforts. These efforts in Butte, Miles City, and Glendive include providing education and support groups; and building community. While in other communities there is support for clinical work for patient engagement underway.  

To learn more about work underway in Sheridan, you can view Kay’s presentation here.

New Dementia Friends Vignettes 

We recently added three new Dementia Friends vignettes to our online Dementia Friends Session! These short videos provide you with information about dementia, how to recognize the signs of dementia and simple actions you can take to be a Dementia Friend and to personally contribute to making your community dementia friendly.

Specifically, these new vignettes address situations involving first responders, participation in a faith based community or shopping at a retail store. To view these and other vignettes and to become a dementia friend visit our site

We hope you will share with others how to become a friend online to raise awareness of dementia and challenge stigma nationwide!

Additional Resources 

ATTENTION: All DFA Community Leads and Organizers!
  • Remember to please disseminate this survey to your stakeholders! New communities: distribute around the 9-12 month mark. Existing communities: please collect survey feedback annually!

ATTENTION: All Dementia Friends State Licensees!
  • Please make sure to input your Dementia Friends numbers monthly into this survey!

Upcoming Events

Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease
November 01 - 04 | Boston, Massachusetts
In the News

The city of Tempe aims to become more 'Dementia Friendly' (The State Press—Dementia Friendly America cited)

I lived with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis for years. But a recent test says I may not have it after all.(Washington Post- By Michael Ellenbogen)
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