Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is an initiative of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. The state-wide, grassroots movement is comprised of organizations, individuals, and municipalities growing dementia friendly communities. These municipalities of all sizes will become more inclusive and supportive of those living with dementia, their families, and care partners. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a member of Dementia Friendly America https://www.dfamerica.org/ and is generously supported by Tufts Health Plan Foundation http://www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org/.
Why? An estimated 120,000 people in Massachusetts live with Alzheimer’s disease and the number is expected to climb as the population grows older. The Commonwealth’s population is aging at a faster rate than ever before. Massachusetts now has more residents over the age of 60 than under the age of 20.