Dementia Friendly America (DFA) is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in the community and engage and thrive in day to day living.
The DFA movement began in September 2015 following the White House Conference on Aging and is based upon Minnesota’s statewide successful initiative, ACT on Alzheimer's. DFA launched in 2015 with pilot communities in Denver, CO; Prince George's County, MD; Santa Clara County, CA; Tempeh, AZ; and the state of West Virginia.
A dementia friendly community is a village, town, city or county that is an informed, safe and respectful place for individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers. A Dementia Friendly community provides supportive options that foster quality of life. Through membership in Dementia Friendly America, a community pledges to engage in a process to become more dementia friendly.
Why become a Dementia Friendly Community?
More than 110,00 people in Maryland are living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. This number is projected to increase to 130,000 by 2025. We know that for every person diagnosed with dementia there are at least 3-4 people, spouses, children, grandchildren, friends, and colleagues, whose lives are profoundly affected.
In May 2018, a dedicated group of community partners assessed related needs, recruited community members, created goals, and set in motion a plan for Frederick to become a Dementia Friendly Community called Dementia Friendly Frederick.
Vision for Dementia Friendly Frederick
A Dementia Friendly Community is one that is "informed, safe, and respectful of people with dementia and their families. "A community that considers the needs of all its members and elevated that quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers throughout all sectors - from first responders to librarians, local businesses to restaurant workers, and everything in between.
Frederick County, Maryland was granted membership in the Dementia Friendly America network in 2019. Frederick County is committed to raise awareness about dementia. Ultimately, our collective goal is to elevate the quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers. Becoming Dementia Friendly is not a destination but a journey and commitment to not stop until every area of our community is Dementia Friendly, or better yet, there is a cure for this disease.
We will continue to strive for understanding, awareness, and sensitivity to people living with dementia and their caregivers so Frederick County can be a fantastic place to live, work, and age for everyone.
> Frederick County Senior Services Division, the Alzheimer’s Association, Frederick Community College Institute for Learning in Retirement, and AARP partnered to offer a free movie screening and panel to kick off the County’s commitment to Dementia Friendly
> Business Subcommittee developed a training to offer to local businesses committed to being Dementia Friendly
> Developed a Dementia Friendly Frederick logo for use
> In partnership with Lewy Body Dementia Association, offered a virtual showing of SPARK documentary. The event also included a speaker panel.
Will reach out to other community groups including:
Banks and other financial institutions
Faith based organizations
Grocery and Department stores
Contact Dementia Friendly Frederick DementiaFriendlyFrederick@FrederickCountyMD.gov or 301-600-1234 to find out more about current initiatives, ways to get involved or how your organization can become a Dementia Friendly Frederick Partner.
How to Become a Dementia Friendly Business or Organization
1. Pledge to be a Dementia Friendly Business or Organization
As a business serving customers/clients within Frederick County, commit to becoming dementia aware by
2. Participate in a free 30-Minute Training for Management and Staff
3. Take Action to create an enviroment that is safe, respectful, and welcoming for people living with dementia and their familes.
4. Proudly Display your Dementia Friendly Frederick Partner window cling.