January 2019 Newsletter

New Community Joins the DFA Network!

Dementia Friendly America continues to welcome new communities to the fold! Read on to learn about our newest community in New York state.

Erie County, NY

Dementia Friendly Erie County came together with the support of local service providers; the Erie County Department of Senior Services; Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter; the Cheektowaga Senior Center; the Brothers of Mercy Community: Montabaur Heights; the Center for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD);, the Center for Elder Law and Justice (CELJ); Independent Health; Meals on Wheels; Health Force; and the Olmstead Center for Sight. Dementia Friendly Erie County has already led education sessions with local faith communities, attorneys, long-term care facilities, and shared information at local health fairs about ways to support individuals living with dementia. With an eye toward the future, Dementia Friendly Erie County is planning increase awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia in it's community and will soon pursue increased interdisciplinary work with local businesses and human service agencies. 

Dementia Friends USA Is Looking for State Lead Agencies! Join the Global Movement!
Encouraging individuals to adopt dementia-friendly behaviors is no small task. And this is the reason Dementia Friends USA exists—as part of 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 vision of the Dementia Friends program is that 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. There are millions of Dementia Friends globally and more than 70,000 in the United States. Dementia Friends USA is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Twenty-two states currently administer a Dementia Friends program (indicated with the blue flower on the map above).

Interested in informing individuals in your community on how to become more dementia-friendly? Organizations that acquire licensure through Dementia Friendly America can provide in-person Dementia Friends sessions and run a statewide Dementia Friends program. Take a look at the key criteria that is required for sublicensees. We are seeking lead agencies in the following states.
District of Columbia

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York

North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

Dementia Friendly Communities Are Important. This Video Helps Show Why.
A new DFA video shows just how important dementia-friendly communities are to individuals living with dementia and their care partners. Interviewed in the video are two members of the DFA National Council—DFA Co-Chair Ron Grant and Michael Ellenbogen. The video also features the perspective of a care partner, Carlotta Jackson, who shares her experiences caring for an individual living with dementia. 
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Is Your Community Interested in Becoming Dementia Friendly? Consulting Opportunities Available from DFA.

The Dementia Friendly America staff team is here to help. Dementia Friendly America offers limited technical assistance to all communities that have joined the DFA network of communities, including: access to live DFA webinars, access to the DFA listserv, as well as email support and phone calls with the DFA staff team. We also have fee-based technical assistance for communities interested in additional hands-in support and consulting. Contact us for more information at

Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest

Hilarity for Charity, a national Alzheimer’s non-profit organization founded by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, is sponsoring Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest with support from AARP, Generations United, Memory Well, and Associated Collegiate Press and National Scholastic Press Association. To be eligible, the writer must be currently enrolled in high school or college in the U.S. or Canada and the story must feature someone currently living with or who has passed away from Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Learn more on the Humans of Dementia submission webpage. The deadline is March 13, 2020.

Register for the NAPA Advisory Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services established as part of the National Alzheimer's Project Act will be held next week—January 27—and will feature a panel discussion on current rates of dementia, future trends and potential preventive strategies. The Advisory Council will also hear about the U.S. Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program and will receive an update on the recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Research Summit. Federal workgroups will also provide updates on work completed in the last quarter. Visit the website  for full meeting details.

Dementia Friends USA

There are 70,163 Dementia Friends across the United States. Join the Movement by becoming a Dementia Friend today! 
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