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Dementia Friends 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 in Virginia.

 

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What is a Dementia Friend?
To become a Dementia Friend, you participate in a Dementia Friends Information Session presented by a Dementia Friends Champion. You will learn five key messages about dementia and a bit about what it's like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend you turn your new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone living in your community. Your action can be big or small - because every action counts!
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What happens at a Dementia Friends Information Session?
The one-hour Information Session is an in-person experience run by a Dementia Friends Champion. It is not a formal training. The session has activities and discussion 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, but the choice is yours.

 

Who are Dementia Friend Champions?
A Dementia Friends Champion participates in a Champions Training. The Champion can then present one-hour Dementia Friends sessions to friends, family, colleagues and the wider community.

Learn a Champion's roles and responsibilities

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Valley Program for Aging Services held their first Dementia Friends Info Session
at their all-staff meeting in September. Nearly 60 team members participated.
Dementia Friends in the News

Fredericksburg is focused on becoming a dementia-friendly community (September 2019)

Dementia Friendly Herndon and Alexandria highlighted on this Senior Living video

Making Alexandria a Dementia Friendly City

Alexandria to Become Fifth Dementia Friendly Community in Virginia

Praising Dementia Friendly Alexandria Initiative (September 2019)

Alexandria is a Dementia Friendly City  (September 2019)

Dementia Friendly Biz Opens (September 2019)

Warm Hearth Village Becomes First Dementia Friendly Business in Virginia (September 2019)