A Dementia Friend learns more about dementia and what they can do to help make our region a more accessible and inclusive place.
A Friend can be a neighbour, family member, co-worker, volunteer, book club member, small business owner, ride-share driver – anyone who wants to learn more about dementia and (hopefully) spread the word!
Simple, small everyday acts of support, kindness and understanding can make a big difference in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and care partners. Being dementia friendly is, after all, nothing more than an act of informed kindness.
The more you learn about dementia, the more you will be able to connect with a person who has it in a way that is supportive and inclusive. People living with dementia are just like all of us and their quality of life depends greatly on how well they connect with others. A Friend can also use their knowledge to help reduce stigma – by sharing with others why learning about dementia matters to them.
Steps you can take:
- Watch one (or more) of the following videos:
Jim’s Story (BC – 6:54) – WATCH
Small Changes (UK – 3:35) – WATCH
- Sign up for “Building Dementia Friendly Communities” online education and complete Module 1 (What is a Dementia Friendly Community?) and Module 2 (Dementia Friendly Interactions). *It is recommended to select the “Retail/Restaurant” stream
- Book an in-person or virtual information session for your group/organization *In-person availability based on COVID restrictions. Contact: [email protected]
- Get involved with our DFC Action Alliance! Are you living with dementia or memory problems or are you a care partner? Are you interested in volunteering with DFC?
Get in touch with us!
519-633-4396 ext. 24