What is a dementia-friendly community?

An older woman and a younger woman laughing in a dementia friendly community.

Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Communities programme helps to inspire and guide the creation of dementia-friendly communities across the UK

We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included, and that they can confidently contribute to community life.

Everyone, from governments and health boards, to the local corner shop and hairdresser, have a responsibilty to make sure people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued.

We need sustained national leadership and grassroots action on dementia to create a dementia-friendly Britain. At Alzheimer’s Society, we've set up a defined process for communities and businesses to gain recognition for their work in becoming dementia friendly.

Over 225 communities are now taking part

We're really proud that over 225 communities have taken part since our launch in September 2013, which has exceeded the original ambition to reach up to 20 communities by March 2015. But it's essential that communities keep signing up to be dementia friendly so that people with dementia, no matter where they live, can be supported by those around them.

Dementia Friendly Business Pilot

As well as looking at how people with dementia live in their local communities, we're leading work on helping businesses support dementia friendly communities. Piloted by industry leaders including British Gas and Sainsbury’s, this work will define and implement how employers can best support their employees, customers or clients who are living with dementia. This is providing the best practice examples, with the view to rolling out a framework for achieving this on a national level. 

This work is delivered and championed through the Prime Minister’s Champion Group work streams ensuring that sector, organisational and regional work meets the targets and commitments set out in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020.