Living alone

6. Dementia-friendly communities

Your local community might be very important to you. You might rely on people in the community who know you to help you out. Some communities are becoming ‘dementia-friendly’. This means that:

  • people in the area understand what dementia is and how it affects you
  • banks, shops or post offices try to make it easier for people with dementia to use their services
  • transport and signs are made easier and more accessible
  • some places do special events for people with dementia such as dementia-friendly film screenings at the local cinema, swimming sessions at the local pool or reminiscence workshops at the local community centre or art gallery.

These things can make a big difference to people who live alone. Ask your local Alzheimer’s Society or Age UK what is happening in your community.

You could even try to help make your community more dementia friendly. Speak to your local Alzheimer’s Society. If you live in England, you may also have a local Dementia Action Alliance. They support communities and organisations to take action to help people live well with dementia. For details see ‘Other useful organisations’.