Be a part of the change!
The Dementia Friends Indiana initiative – an outreach of Dementia Friendly America – seeks to educate communities 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. In 2017, Indiana became the 10th state with a Dementia Friends program (beginning in Indianapolis), and in 2019 the effort has expanded statewide. As the local area agency on aging, LifeStream Services is committed to making the communities we serve dementia friendly places to live.
What is a Dementia Friend?
Someone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support.
Why Become a Dementia Friend?
- Dementia affects every community and is a significant burden on the mental and physical health of family caregivers.
- 70% of people with dementia live in community-based settings, such as a home.
- There is still a significant misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about the disease resulting in stigma and isolation for those living with disease and their caregivers.
How to Become a Dementia Friend
- Attend an in-person session. A list of workshops across Indiana can be found at DementiaFriendsIndiana.org.
- Watch a series of online videos. If you prefer to watch videos, an overview video will provide information about dementia, how to recognize the signs, and simple actions you can take to make your community more dementia friendly. After watching the video, you will be prompted to select three more sector-specific video shorts. Once you have viewed the overview and three video shorts, you will be able to register as a Dementia Friend and print a certificate.