Dementia Friendly America – March 2018 Newsletter

Dementia Friendly Resources: Please Share
The Dementia Friendly America team is updating and expanding the resources section of our website. If you are have or know of a dementia friendly resource that you think communities would benefit from, please contact the DFA team.

Social Media Update: Please Follow Dementia Friendly America
As of April 1, you can follow DFA and Dementia Friends in one place on social media because we will be consolidating our social media accounts. Please make sure you are following us via Dementia Friendly America on  Facebook and Twitter platforms. 

Funding Opportunity: AARP Community  Challenge 2018
The AARP Community Challenge grants fund “quick-action” projects in areas such as housing, transportation, and public space that spark change and help build momentum to improve livability for all residents. The application deadline is May 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. ET. Last year, 88 projects representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia were funded. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. Visit to learn more and apply. 

Inter-generational Program that Provides Respite for Caregivers

The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s (YMAA), a member of the Dementia Friendly America’s National Council, has developed YouthCare, a program that provides respite for caregivers by connecting undergraduate and graduate students trained as caregivers to individuals with early-stage dementia. In partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Gerontology, students and participants play games, participate in artistic activities and deliver Brain Boot Camp, a research-based program developed by the UCLA Longevity Center. YouthCare has been recognized by MIT and the Clinton Global Initiative, and most recently won openIDEO’s care for dementia challenge. Contact Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s to learn more.

Federal Funding Opportunity: RFP Now Available Online
The Administration for Community Living posted the Request for Proposals for the  Alzheimer's Disease Initiative - Specialized Supportive Services (ADI-SSS) Project. The purpose is to provide grants to public and private entities that are operating within existing, dementia-capable, long term services and supports systems and are committed to serving populations with the most need and living with or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s  or a related dementia and their caregivers.  The deadline to apply is May 7, 2018. A funding forecast for Alzheimer's Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP) was posted on February 8 and a full announcement may be released on or around March 30. More information on both opportunities is available on

National Institutes of Health 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit

DFA staff attended the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) third Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit recently at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. Building upon prior NIH Alzheimer’s disease research summits held in 2012 and 2015, this year’s summit served as a strategic planning meeting to support the implementation of the first goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's: to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025. The Research Summit's goal is to refine, based on the most current research, an updated research agenda that will address current gaps and identify a strategy to treat Alzheimer's for individuals at all stages of the condition.

Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation Celebration
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) collaborated with Dementia Friendly America and Dementia Friendly Prince George’s County, Maryland to conduct a Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation Forum in December 2017. The Forum was designed to identify challenges and opportunities related to transportation needs of individuals with dementia and their care partners.  A secondary purpose was to serve as a model for other communities who may want to explore transportation issues in their own locales. Staff from Dementia Friendly America, NADTC and Prince George’s County recently met to discuss further steps and opportunities. Stay tuned for a recording of the Transportation Forum as well as an upcoming webinar and pre-conferences session at the n4a conference!

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