Dementia Friendly America


By 2025, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is estimated to reach 7.1 million—a 40 percent increase from the 5.1 million people affected in 2015.
Led by the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) Initiative, communities across the county are taking action to become dementia friendly by leveraging resources and partners across community sectors. Each part in the community has a unique role to play in contributing toward dementia friendliness including: business, community-based services and supports, faith communities, health care, legal and financial services, government services and planning, and residential settings.
Through the work of over 35 national, leading organizations and co-chaired and administered by n4a, the Dementia Friendly America initiative is catalyzing a movement to more effectively support and serve those who are living with dementia and their care partners. The lead organizations represent all sectors of community and are collectively leveraging their national reach to activate their local affiliates, members and branches to convene, participate in and support dementia friendly community efforts at a local level.
The Dementia Friendly America initiative grew out of a 35-community Minnesota program called ACT on Alzheimer's. During the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, Dementia Friendly America committed to expand to 15 communities beyond Minnesota in a year. In the first year alone, 48 communities across 36 states joined Dementia Friendly America and are striving to become dementia friendly.

If you are interested in finding more ways to make your community dementia-friendly, visit the DFA website.

1 Alzheimer’s Association: 2015 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures.

Meredith Hanley, Director, Community Capacity Building