Step Four: Raise Awareness
While an action team works to assess community needs and develop a dementia friendly community action plan, it often makes sense to concurrently take some initial steps to help its team and community members understand dementia, and what it means for people who are living with the condition. There are several ways to raise awareness, for example:
- Share 2.5-minute videos depicting life with dementia and the benefits of dementia-friendly communities
- Convene a dementia-friendly night at the local library where a person living with the dementia talks about what it would mean to live in a dementia-friendly community
- Convene Dementia Friends information session(s)
Convene training for community professionals available from the Alzheimer’s Association MA/ NH Chapter. For more information about this free training entitled, “Dementia & Your Community,” call 1-800-272-3900.