Dementia Friendly Communities

There are a number of existing resources and activities underway across Ireland and Europe to promote the development of Dementia Friendly Communities

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland 

Guide to Supporting Retailers 

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) has produced a resource to support retailers in ensuring that people with dementia have a positive experience when accessing their services.  To view this resource please click here.

Dementia Friendly Language

The language we use when discussing dementia is a really important part of lifting the stigma that surrounds it.  In order to create and build Dementia Friendly Communities we need to understand that words like sufferer, suffering, devastating or living death are among some of the terms that can reinforce the stigma for people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has created a language guide to dementia which provides guidelines that are intended to highlight how words and language really do make a difference.  To view this resource please click here

Key Messages about Dementia

When we are communicating about dementia it is important that we are clear about the key messages that people need to understand.  The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has created a simple guide to these key messages.  To view this resource please click here.


Dementia Friendly Communities are a key part of the Genio programme and normalising dementia and making people more visible and engaged is one of the key activities.  Genio have begun 4 pilot projects in Mayo, Blackrock / Stillorgan, South Tipperary and Kinsale.  The projects are aimed at improving services and supports to older people with dementia.  The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is a member of each of the successful consortiums and in Mayo; we are the main project lead.  To find out more about the Genio projects please read here.

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Ireland is developing Age Friendly Counties and Towns across Ireland and is interested in incorporating the Dementia Friendly Communities model into this.  To find out more about this programme of work please click here

Dementia Elevator

Dementia Elevator is an education and empowerment programme developed by DCU and the HSE (with the support of Atlantic Philanthropies) to help individuals, communities and health systems engage appropriately with people with dementia.  To find out more about Dementia Elevator please click here

Alzheimer's Society UK 

The Alzheimer's Society have a five year strategy that includes a key ambition to work with people affected by dementia and key partners to define and develop dementia friendly communities. Dementia Friends is a key part of the Dementia Friendly Communities programme. The Prime Minister's challenge also includes an ambition to create communities that are working to help people to live well with dementia. Click here to learn more

Innovations in Dementia

Innovations in Dementia have worked to create a Dementia Friendly Communities toolkit which addresses a number of ways to enable communities to be dementia friendly.  Innovations in Dementia emphasise the need for the voices of people with dementia to be at the start and the heart of developing Dementia Friendly Communities.  You can find out more about the toolkits here.

Department of Health in the UK have created the Dementia Challenge – Fighting back against dementia

A Dementia Friendly Communities Champion Group has been set up as one of three champion groups developed as part of the Dementia Challenge in the UK to explore how to create Dementia Friendly Communities, improve dementia research and improves health and care.
You can read more about the Dementia Challenge here.

Dementia Without Walls – York project funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation

This project is aimed at establishing York as a dementia friendly city.  This project demonstrates the scope for supporting local communities, organisations and businesses to become more aware and understanding about dementia, and hence more inclusive.  You can find out more about Dementia without Walls here.

Online Learning Resource about Dementia (e-learning for Healthcare / UK Department of Health, Dementia)

This is an e-learning package to train health and social care staff in recognising, assessing and managing dementia and how to provide high quality dementia care. For further information click here.

European Foundation Initiatives on Dementia Awards

In March 2011, a group of foundations composed of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer, the King Baudouin Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung joined forces, through the Network of European Foundations (NEF), to launch the “Living well with Dementia in the Community - European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia-Awards” in order to improve perceptions of dementia and to stimulate solidarity at the local level.  You can read more about the 10 projects that were selected here.

ACT on Alzheimer’s

Communities around the state of Minnesota are taking action to create a supportive environment for people living with Alzheimer’s and their families. The ACT on Alzheimer's Dementia Capable Communities Toolkit gives communities a process and the tools needed to become dementia capable.  By using the ACT on Alzheimer's Dementia Capable Communities Toolkit as a guide, communities invest in being informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia.  For more information see

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About Alzheimer Ireland

The Society was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease or a related dementia. Find out what we docontact us and more

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We offer a range of services for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, their families and carers. All our services operate using the philosophy of person centred care.

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