What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

Find out what it means to become a Dementia Friendly Community.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Across England many cities, towns and villages are now exploring what they need to do to become dementia friendly; recognising the need to act and change to better support people with dementia and enable them to live well in the community.

A dementia-friendly community can be described as: ‘A city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.  ’

In order to create a dementia-friendly community the views and opinions of people with dementia and their carers must be at the heart of any considerations or decisions.

Based on the available evidence it is possible to identify 10 areas of focus that people with dementia want to see in any dementia friendly community and which underpin the definition.

This is summarised in the following diagram:

Dementia Friendly Communities Infographic

If there is support from the businesses, community groups, primary school, parish council, GP Surgery, Springfield Lodge Nursing Home, Arden House, Jubilee Hall, Village Partnership, St Mary’s Church, and from the people living and working in West Rainton and Leamside it would be possible to create a Dementia Friendly Environment to allow people to ‘live well with Dementia’.

Top of page