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Better Together: Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities

Both efforts aim to create places where older adults and people with dementia can stay active and independent for as long as possible

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Lorraine Cottle shares memories of art with the support of her daughter Cheryl Cottle during an AGO special tour for people with dementia in Toronto, Ontario, Feb. 9, 2016. More communities around the world are committing to becoming age-friendly and dementia friendly. As they do so, there's an increasing interest in how the two types of initiatives work together, and complement rather than compete.

More communities around the world are committing to becoming age-friendly and dementia friendly. As they do so, there's an increasing interest in how the two types of initiatives work together, and complement rather than compete.

The AARP International Affairs report "Better Together: A Comparison of Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities" by Natalie Turner and Lydia Morken compares the two approaches and offers guidance and insight into how to connect the two. (Also see the chart below.)

Dementia Friendly Resources

Launched in 2015 at the White House Conference on Aging, Dementia Friendly America (DFA) hosts online tools and resources about how to create communities that are more inclusive and supportive of people living with dementia as well as their caregivers.

Other Organizations and Support

Additional nonprofits that are engaged in dementia friendly work include:

By reaching out to the local branches of these groups, along with other organizations engaged in supporting people with dementia, alliances can be created to implement the work and engage people with dementia in age-friendly community planning.

The Organizing Frameworks for Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly Communities

Organizing frameworks for the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities and for Dementia Friendly Communities

Page published March 2016


Age-Friendly Communities Tool Kit Resources 

Joining

  • The Member List
    See the current roster of enrolled communities in the United States as well as their action plans and other information

  • Preparing the Membership Materials
    Find the membership application, sample letters of commitment, resolutions and more

Learning

Funding

Evaluating

Sustaining


Local leaders can find information and inspiration at AARP.org/livable

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