The Dementia Friends Indiana movement seeks to advance education and awareness of dementia, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and create community environments that are welcoming and conducive for those living with dementias.
Why people choose to be a Dementia Friend:
- Dementia is a general term for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and other diseases that cause problems with memory loss, language, behavior, and other cognitive processes.
- Dementia affects every community sector and is a significant burden on the mental and physical health of family caregivers.
- 70 percent of people with dementia live in community-based settings, such as a home, rather than in institutional care.
- Despite its high prevalence, there is still significant misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about the disease, resulting in stigma and isolation for those living with dementia and their caregivers
How to become a Dementia Friend:
To become a Dementia Friend, you can either attend an in-person workshop or watch a series of online videos. A list of workshops can be found in our education tab. You can find videos at DementiaFriendsIndiana.org.
If you prefer to watch videos, an overview video will provide information about dementia, how to recognize the signs, and simple actions you can take to make your community more dementia-friendly.
After watching the overview video in its entirety, you will be prompted to select three more sector-specific video shorts. Once you have viewed the overview and three video shorts, you will be able to register as a Dementia Friend and print a certificate.