Everyone knows someone who is living with dementia. Who do you know?

Would you like to know how you can better support your friend, neighbor, loved one, or co-worker?

Would you like to join a global effort in reducing the stigma of dementia?

Are you, your organization, group or business interested in making a real difference in your community?

People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. To provide this helping hand, Dementia Friends aims to give people an understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do to make a difference. From helping someone to find the right bus or choose an item in the grocery store…

Here in Ohio, the Ohio Council for Cognitive Health provides free information sessions about dementia that will help you to empower others.

They provide a workbook that makes the 45-minute session informative and interactive. You’ll learn how dementia can affect individuals, tips for communicating and engaging with those affected and perhaps most importantly, you’ll identify specific actions you can take to support people who are living with dementia in your community.

To become a Dementia Friend, you’ll commit to at least one dementia-friendly action, such as inviting an individual with dementia to a concert, restaurant, class, shopping; walk or community event; encouraging a colleague to become a Dementia Friend; taking dinner to a caregiving family; volunteering to give a caregiver a break; driving someone to an appointment; reading to a person with dementia; joining a dementia advocacy event.

Contact Marty Williman, Program Director for Ohio Council for Cognitive Health to learn more or to schedule a session.