Did you know there are several communities in Georgia working towards becoming dementia friendly? Come hear from 3 communities that received GGS grants on what they were able to accomplish during their grant period, their continued work towards becoming dementia friendly, and lessons they learned that can help you if you are interested in your community becoming dementia friendly.
GGS Dementia Friendly Community Grants
In September 2018, the Georgia Gerontology Society awarded five community grants to advance dementia friendly initiatives in Georgia by supporting community efforts in planning and implementing and phase of the Dementia Friendly Communities Toolkit. The toolkit guides communities through a research-informed process that fosters adoption of dementia friendly practices in all parts of community. The toolkit is designed to be flexible and adapt to fit a community’s needs and complement other project management processes. The four phases are: Convene, Engage, Analyze, and Act. These grants were made possible through funds from the GA Department of Human Services.
What is Dementia Friendly?
Led by the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative, communities across the nation are taking action and becoming dementia friendly. A dementia friendly community is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with dementia and their families and provides supportive options across the community to foster quality of life. DFA communities are working across sectors (such as with partners in health care, business and banking, legal and financial, faith communities, local government and more) to ensure they are friendly places for people with dementia and their caregivers to live. Every part of the community has a unique role in a dementia friendly community. DFA communities are building on a model developed by Minnesota’s ACT on Alzheimer’s and the dementia friendly communities in Minnesota. Dementia Friendly America is made possible by a national collaborative with over 35 national organizations. Dementia Friendly America is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and was launched at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. Learn more at https://www.dfamerica.org/