What is Dementia Friendly America (DFA)? DFA is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. Dementia friendly communities foster the ability of people living with dementia to remain in community and engage and thrive in day to day living.
When did DFA begin? The DFA movement began in September 2015 following the White House Conference on Aging and is based upon Minnesota’s statewide successful initiative, ACT on Alzheimer’s. DFA launched in 2015 with pilot communities in Denver, CO; Prince George’s County, MD; Santa Clara County, CA; Tempeh, AZ; and the state of West Virginia;
What is a Dementia Friendly community? A dementia friendly community is a village, town, city or county that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life. Joining DFA means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly
How does a community join the DFA network of communities? To help communities work towards becoming dementia friendly, DFA offers technical assistance, including a community toolkit, sector specific guidance and best practices synthesized from across the world. To learn how to join the DFA network of communities review the Dementia Friendly Community Readiness and Recognition Criteria here.