Creating a global dementia friendly movement

At Alzheimer’s Society we have committed to helping other countries to develop their own Dementia Friends programmes, by sharing resources, learnings and fostering a global network.

Dementia Friends

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia in England and Wales. 

Our Dementia Friends programme aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.

Global Dementia Friends Network

At Alzheimer’s Society we have committed to helping other countries to develop their own Dementia Friends programmes, by sharing resources, learnings and advice.

There are 18 million Dementia Friends around the world and more than 60 Dementia Friends programmes launched or in development in over 50 countries led by national Alzheimer associations and other organisations.

Global Dementia Friends on a map

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Global Dementia Friends Network

Get your copy of our free resource and find out which countries are participating in the Global Dementia Friends Network.

If the country you are looking for is not listed, or if you would like further information on the Global Dementia Friends Network, please email our team.

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Our global Dementia Friends ambassador

Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan is the UK's Global Dementia Friends Ambassador to help bring attention to dementia and to encourage people worldwide to become Dementia Friends and to be more dementia-friendly.

Carey, who was nominated for an Oscar for her leading role in An Education and has gone on to star in The Great Gatsby and Suffragette, has experienced dementia through her grandmother, whom she calls Nans. Sadly, Nans passed away in 2017.

Carey Mulligan

'I want every person in every corner of the world to be dementia aware' - Carey Mulligan

Carey said:

'People living with dementia and their families frequently face stigma and discrimination and in some parts of the world can even face violence. Older people living with dementia can be doubly discriminated against due to their age and medical condition.

'We need to create communities which support and enable people affected by dementia to continue doing the things they want to do.'

'Having experienced first-hand how devastating it can be. I think it is incredibly important that we unite against dementia and work together to create a lasting and positive change. Defeating dementia won't just happen in a lab or care setting, we need to change the way people think, act and talk about the condition.

'I am honoured to be Alzheimer's Society's Global Dementia Friends Ambassador and part of the growing dementia movement'

As part of her role Carey Mulligan has made her voice heard in various media outlets, has spoken out at conferences and UN events, and continues to promote the Dementia Friends programme and other dementia-friendly initiatives.  

Creating a dementia-friendly generation

50 million people live with dementia worldwide, and this is set to increase to 75 million by 2030. As this number grows, more and more people will know someone affected by dementia. Younger people are no exception to this. So how do you explain dementia to a young person? And why is it important to do so?

At Alzheimer’s Society we commit to helping to create a global dementia-friendly generation in the UK and we’re also sharing our resources with partners for young people worldwide.

You can view our resources, from school toolkits, Dementia Friends activities, and factsheets on our creating a dementia-friendly generation page.

Memories with Grandma film

Memories with Grandma is an animation for 7 – 11 year olds, which can be used to reduce the stigma and social isolation that unfortunately exists across the globe. It can also be used to create Dementia Friends. 


Our free, downloadable resource that showcases examples of the inspiring contribution that young people are making around the world to support people living with dementia and how young people are taking the lead to create a dementia-friendly generation. 

Young people and dementia

Get your copy of our free resource 'Young People and Dementia - Celebrating dementia-friendly youth initiatives from around the world'.

If you live outside of the UK and would like to request and view our resources, please email our team.

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