Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia.

As the number of Indiana residents affected by dementia continues to grow, so does the need for communities to better understand dementia and better accommodate the challenges of those affected by the diseases that cause it. The Dementia Friends Indiana initiative–an outreach of Dementia Friendly America–seeks to educate communities across the state about dementia, break down the stigma surrounding dementia, and implement practical changes that make life easier to navigate for those with dementia and for their loved ones.

The Dementia Friendly America program grew out of a 35-community Minnesota program called ACT on Alzheimer’s. During the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, Dementia Friendly America committed to expand to 15 states beyond Minnesota in a year. Over 48 communities across 36 states now have joined Dementia Friendly America and are striving to become dementia friendly.

Each sector of a community has a unique role to play in contributing toward dementia friendliness, whether it is a hospital or health care settings, a business or retail locations, community-based services, faith communities, local government or residential care. Learn what you can do to help.

Become a Friend Online

To become a Dementia Friend, you can either attend an in-person workshop or watch a series of videos online.

An overview video will provide you with information about dementia, how to recognize the signs of dementia and simple actions you can take to be a Dementia Friend and to personally contribute to making your community dementia friendly.

Once you have watched the overview video in its entirety, you will be prompted to select one of seven sector specific video shorts.  In order to complete the Dementia Friends session, you need to watch at least 3 video shorts.  We encourage you to select the sectors that are most relevant to your role in the community.  Once you have viewed the overview and 3 video shorts you will be able to register as a Dementia Friend.

Watch Videos

Attend a Workshop

Fishers Advisory Council on Disability
March 6, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Well Coffeehouse
8890 E 116th Street #120
Fishers, IN 46038

Lead a Session

If your business or organization would like to host a free training session on how to become more dementia friendly, or if you have some background knowledge/experience about dementia and would like to lead a Dementia Friends session, please contact


When encountering a person with dementia consider these tips:

Treat the person with dignity and respect

Avoid “talking past” the person

Be patient and supportive

Let the person know you are listening and trying to understand

Avoid criticizing

Offer comfort and reassurance and encourage the person to continue

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