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An initiative of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a grassroots movement to make communities safe, inclusive and respectful for persons with Alzheimer’s disease, or a related dementia.

Idea Exchanges

The Idea Exchanges are gatherings of people from COA’s, municipalities, regional planners, direct service providers, academics and individuals who come together to share ideas and learn about successful dementia friendly programming.

See Map of DF Communities

View an interactive map of Dementia Friendly communities.


Join us for our webinar series to learn more about specific topics as they relate to dementia.  Dementia and Guns, Dementia Friendly Libraries, Come to a DF fair and other topics will be explored.  Links to archived Webinars will be posted here.

Featured Resources

What is Dementia?

Understand the many forms of the disease

Dementia Friendly Communities

Steps to becoming a more Dementia Friendly Community

Sample DFM Materials

Find mock-up materials that you can easily download and use in your community

Memory Café’s

Create a wonderfully welcoming place for individuals with Dementia

The DFM Pledge

Sign the DFM Pledge to become more dementia friendly

Resources by Sector

Links to Dementia Friendly resources by Sector

Better Together

Better Together: Dementia Friendly and Age Friendly Communities


Links to DFM Partners


Funding Opportunities and Clever Ideas to fund your DF Activities


Learn More About Memory Cafes

Learn more about Memory Cafes from Beth Soltzberg. Congratulations to Beth on a highly informative, passionate and well executed TEDx talk. "Memory cafes: making space for dementia and joy” by Beth Soltzberg | TEDxWaltham: https://youtu.be/vje71rXP8Z0

Dementia and Firearms

According to Medical X, faculty members at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus announced the Safety in Dementia website, the first comprehensive online resource to help caregivers navigate issues related to firearm access and...

New Resource

The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center developed a new resource to assist in your work with individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and dementia. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia: Practical...

A Different Way to Celebrate the 4th

Please see the article from the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-news/with-their-minds-fading-patriotic-songs-spark-memories-of-fourths-long-ago/2019/07/03/f6175924-9c47-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html  

Let’s Start the Conversation About Alzheimer’s

Dr. Jonathan Jackson speaks with the Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment speaks about Dementia and the African American community. https://bwhedtech.media.partners.org/programs/alzheimer/startconversation_alzheimer/

Almost half of older adults think they’ll develop dementia

Nearly half of adults ages 50-80 think they are likely to develop dementia sometime in their life, according to a new poll. Nearly 75% of adults reported engaging in some kind of activity to help with dementia — including playing brain games or taking nutritional...

Portraits of Dementia

I hope you are enjoying the beautiful spring weather today. I’m writing to share an article in the Boston Globe and thank you for supporting me and my dementia portrait project. I’m so grateful for your support. The project would not have made it this far without your...

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