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.
About Dementia Friends Virginia
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!
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 Champions?
Champions are equip with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session with friends, family, colleagues and the wider community.
During the interactive session, you will increase your understanding of dementia, and think about the small things that you can do to make a difference for people living with dementia in your community.
LeadingAge Virginia is the sublicensee for Dementia Friendly Virginia and Dementia Friends Virginia. Along with LeadingAge Virginia, the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services are the co-leads for the initiatives in Virginia