Dementia Friends

What are Dementia Friends? 

They are community members who have attended one Dementia Friends information session. They’ve earned recognition as Dementia Friends (and a cool pin to wear!). The 1 hour session discusses what dementia is, the difficulties that people living with dementia encounter making their way in the community, and simple ways in which ordinary citizens can make the lives of their friends and neighbors with dementia less difficult. Dementia Friends are a key part of a dementia friendly community, and Saline is one of only two such communities in Michigan. The free Dementia Friends sessions are presented by Dementia Champions trained by the Dementia Friendly America organization.

Why Attend?

We know that most persons with Alzheimer’s or other dementias are not sequestered in special facilities; instead, they are living in the community, alone or with their partners or families, and these friends and neighbors of ours  experience special day to day difficulties trying to make their way in the community. We cannot cure the dementia, but there are simple steps we can all learn that will allow these friends and neighbors to live their best lives with more dignity and less difficulty.

Community Friends 

Dementia Dementia Friends are community members who have attended a free Dementia Friends information session. They’ve earned recognition as Dementia Friends (and a cool pin to wear!).   

A Dementia Friendly Organization is any business, church, club or other organization whose employees or members have attended a free Dementia Friendly workshop. These free 1 hour sessions are tailored to show how each organization can easily adapt its interactions with customers or members to make the experience less difficult for persons living with dementia and their care partners. Besides benefiting those persons, it’s also good business. Participants get Dementia Friends Lapel Pins, and window clings and website icons announcing their Dementia Friendly Status. 


For more information or to schedule a Dementia Friends session contact Jim Mangi

Jim Mangi Interview on Dementia Friends.  Click here.
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