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Dementia friendly communities

A dementia friendly community is a geographic area – a village, town or city, where people living with dementia and their carers feel understood, supported and respected. 

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What is a dementia friendly community?

A dementia friendly community is a geographic area – 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. Developed by Professor Graham Stokes, Bupa’s Global Director of Dementia Care, Dementia Commitment is free, interactive and only takes around 20 minutes.

Explore how dementia friendly works in real life, with these NZ examples : 

First Steps to a Dementia friendly Rotorua

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 here:

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 its current 46 million, to 75 million.

Source: World Alzheimer Report 2015.

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

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

Dementia Infographic Friendly Society

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