Dementia commitment

What is a dementia-friendly community?

A dementia-friendly community is a geographic area, be that a village, town or city, where people living with dementia and their carers feel understood, supported and respected. They feel confident that they can contribute to community life. A dementia-friendly community is a community made up of dementia-friendly individuals, businesses, organisations, services, and faith communities that support the needs of people with dementia. 

Source – Alzheimer’s Society Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England.

Dementia-friendly initiatives

Learn more about dementia, how you could reduce your risk of it, and make a Dementia Commitment to help to build a dementia-friendly New Zealand by taking our short online course. The Dementia Commitment is free, interactive and only takes around 20 minutes.

Explore how dementia-friendly works in real life with these examples from New Zealand: 

First Steps to a Dementia-Friendly Rotoura

Bupa is part of a dementia-friendly steering group supported by Rotorua Lakes Council. The aim of the group is to create a dementia-friendly Rotorua. Find out more in the 

First Steps to a Dementia-Friendly Rotorua report (pdf, 779kb)

Could we have a dementia-friendly society by 2030?

Looking ahead to 2030, the number of people with dementia around the world is estimated to increase from 46 million today to 75 million.

Source: World Alzheimer Report 2015.

If we wish to achieve a vision of a society which puts people first, culturally and within communities, living spaces, workplaces, and care environments, then we must start today.

Read our report, 2030 – A vision for a dementia-friendly society (pdf, 3.9MB)

Dementia friendly society

To find out more about each of the areas in the infographic, please click on the links below:

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