Dementia Friendly Communities worldwide

The concept of Dementia Friendly Communities is spreading, and more and more people are recognising the importance of making communities inclusive, supportive and empowering for people living and affected by dementia.

Alzheimer Disease International, the international federation of Alzheimer associations around the world, has published reports and examples of dementia friendly initiatives worldwide. Visit for more information.

To help grow the dementia-friendly concept far and wide, we have committed to supporting other countries with their dementia-friendly initiatives – sharing our learning and best practice.

If you are interested in getting support with Dementia Friends, or other dementia-friendly initiatives in your country please contact [email protected].

Building a Dementia Friendly World symposium

On Wednesday 26 April 2017, Alzheimer’s Society hosted a special half day symposium on ‘Building a Dementia Friendly World’. The symposium took place at the ADI 2017 International Conference co-hosted with World Health Organisation (WHO) Kobe Centre and working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).

More than 350 people attended from over 43 countries, with many more joining online.

This event showcased dementia-friendly initiatives from around the globe and provided an opportunity to collaborate, debate and network with others. People involved in dementia-friendly programming, health care professionals, researchers, government representatives, civil society, WHO, people living with dementia and their supporters attended in Kyoto, Japan or joined online.

Watch the symposium recording below.


Innovative case studies

The five dementia-friendly initiatives featured in the Symposium are now available in our case study booklet. See how these countries are working to create dementia-friendly communities and learn from their experience and best practice.

View the five dementia-friendly initiatives showcased at the Symposium.

Further reading