Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway here in Orange County through Alzheimer’s Orange County. By helping everyone in our community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia.
What is a Dementia Friend?
A Dementia Friend is someone who, through an in-person or online session, learns about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend in Orange County– we all have a part to play in creating a memory-friendly community.
How to become a Dementia Friend
Attend a one-hour long information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion here in Orange County. The session has activities and discussions that cover the five key messages everyone should know about dementia. Everyone who attends is asked to do a dementia-friendly action as part of becoming a Dementia Friend. These are not formal trainings.