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Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative

Social stigma and lack of public awareness can make life more difficult for those living with dementia and the people who care about them.

Dementia can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease and many other conditions. In a growing number of Massachusetts communities, people are working together to make their town or city safer, more inclusive and respectful for these residents. Learn what you can do to help.

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  1. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Leadership Summit - Summary Report [PDF]
  2. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative - Statement of Values [PDF]
  3. Video produced by the Alzheimer's Association of Minnesota-North Dakota that in 7 minutes illustrates the power and potential of the dementia friendly community movement: Dementia Friendly Minnesota - Alzheimer's Association Purple Gala 2016.
  4. Report from AARP and Dementia Friendly America on integrating age friendly and dementia friendly initiatives 
  5. Dementia Friendly America Toolkit
  6. Dementia Friendly America Sector Guides
  7. Community News
    1. "Local Communities Working to Become Dementia Friendly”
      MetroWest Daily News, February 21, 2017
    2. “Dementia is not the end of a life or a relationship: how we can help the aging members of our family or community,”
      The Berkshire Eagle, November 17, 2016
  8. The Connection
    The quarterly Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative newsletter
    1. January 2017
    2. November 2016

For more information, please contact Beth Soltzberg, Director, JF&CS Alzheimer's/Related Disorders Family Support, at or 781-693-5628.

The Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative is generously supported by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

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781-647-JFCS (5327)
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