Dementia-Friendly Communities is an Australian Government-funded program to build understanding, awareness and acceptance of dementia in the community.
What is the program?
The Dementia-Friendly Communities program supports the creation and maintenance of:
- dementia-friendly communities, groups and organisations
- dementia alliances
- the Dementia Friends activity
- a community grant program to help develop local dementia-friendly community activities
Why is the program important?
People living with dementia and their carers often lead lonely and isolated lives. Stigma and discrimination exist towards people living with dementia.
Isolation can lead to mental health concerns including anxiety and depression. In turn, this can exacerbate the symptoms associated with dementia.
With appropriate support, these people can remain actively engaged and connected with the community.
What are the goals of the program?
The objective of the program is to build greater awareness, acceptance and understanding of dementia in the community.
Who works with us on the program?
Dementia Australia has delivered the Dementia-Friendly Communities program since it began in 2016.
The Department of Health funds the program through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund.
The Dementia-Friendly Communities program is under way.
The Dementia-Friendly Communities website has more information, including resources produced under the program.
If you have questions on this initiative, contact Dementia-Friendly Communities.