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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. Creating Welcoming Communities symposium, 11/9/17
    1. Symposium overview slides & discussion summary
    2. IDD & Dementia, from Access, Equity & Cultural Inclusion panel
    3. Arts & Social Engagement panel slides
    4. Assistive Tech & Environmental Design panel slides
    5. Success in New Sectors panel slides
    6. Where to Start? Beginning the Age and Dementia Friendly Journey panel slides 
    7. Youth Engagement Panel slides 
  2. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Leadership Summit - Summary Report [PDF]
  3. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative - Statement of Values [PDF]
  4. 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.
  5. Report from AARP and Dementia Friendly America on integrating age friendly and dementia friendly initiatives 
  6. Dementia Friendly America Toolkit
  7. Dementia Friendly America Sector Guides
  8. Community News
    1. Making Quincy Dementia Friendly
      Patriot Ledger, September 22, 2017
    2. Age- and Dementia-Friendly in Cape Ann
      Cape Ann TV, July 2017
    3. Local effort aims to improve care for Alzheimer's/dementia patients
      Gloucester Times, June 1, 2017
    4. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts supports families living with dementia
      Athol Daily News, April 4, 2017
    5. Multi-generational chorale of the Alzheimer's Family Support Center
      Lower Cape TV, May 2017
    6. "Local Communities Working to Become Dementia Friendly”
      MetroWest Daily News, February 21, 2017
    7. “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
  9. The Connection
    The quarterly Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative newsletter
    1. August 2017
    2. May 2017
    3. January 2017
    4. November 2016

For more information about the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative, please contact Emily Kearns, Dementia Friendly Massachusetts project manager, at or 978-604-0830.

Many cities and towns across Massachusetts are working to become “age friendly” as well as dementia friendly. Visit the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, or contact James Fuccione. Also, visit the AARP Livable Communities website or contact Valerie Spain.

For information about Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions that cause dementia, diagnosis, and services, please contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at or 1-800-272-3900.

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

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