Step Three

Step 3: Develop an Action Plan & Begin Implementation

Taking action is a community’s most essential part of working toward becoming more dementia friendly.  By listening to residents, especially people living with the condition; identifying and reviewing resident needs; and developing an action plan, communities are able to identify their priorities and take action.  Many communities take the opportunity to convene a kickoff event to celebrate the completion of their action plan.  This type of kickoff meeting often serves as a way to engage the community and promote awareness of the community’s dementia friendly initiative. Templates of invitations and marketing materials for a kickoff event are available for communities to use.  Communities should inform the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts project manager of the status of their action plan and its implementation at so that they can be directed to relevant and valuable resources, technical assistance and advice.