Dementia Australia describes a dementia-friendly community as a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.
Your library can help create a dementia-friendly community by supporting library staff to understand dementia, and people with dementia and to help people with dementia remain actively involved in their community.
Steps to becoming a dementia-friendly library:
- sign up to be a dementia friend and complete module one of the free online learning
- read the dementia-friendly community toolkit.
The toolkit includes:
- Guidelines for organisations to become dementia friendly
- Information for staff on how to effectively communicate with people with dementia
- Information on existing resources which could be used to increase staff awareness about dementia
- Printable Dementia Brochure
- Creating Dementia-friendly communities checklists for outdoor and indoor areas
- Social engagement checklists
- get people on-board. Join a local Dementia Alliance or form your own.
- complete an Action Plan and submit it to Dementia Australia to be recognised by your local state based consumer committee or the Dementia-friendly Communities Dementia Advisory Group
- your action plan may undergo some revisions before being recognised
- promote your community both locally and on this website to raise awareness and bring dementia friendly organisations and groups into your community
- stay involved, review and resubmit your action plan annually
For more information visit www.dementiafriendly.org.au