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How to Become a Dementia Friendly Congregation

Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Association to inform and change people’s perception about dementia.

Dementia Friends Champion Training

Dementia Friends Champions are trained volunteers who lead Dementia Friends information sessions and encourage others to make a positive difference for people living with dementia.

Ten steps clergy and faith communities can take to care for those with Alzheimer's and the families of those with Alzheimer's:

  1. Conduct a Pew survey of your congregation to gauge awareness and determine those whose lives are being impacted by Alzheimer’s.
  2. Inform your congregation by speakingabout Alzheimer’s, hosting educational events, and providing resources.
  3. Host a support group for family caregivers.
  4. Visit congregation members affected by Alzheimer’s, at home and in care facilities.
  5. Develop or partner with an adult daycare program.
  6. Invite those with early-stage Alzheimer’s to join activities or volunteer for tasks which bring them satisfaction.
  7. Engage your youth as volunteers in your Alzheimer’s-related programs.
  8. Collaborate and build relationships with local organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association and Senior Linkage Line and invite them to share with congregants.
  9. Encourage participation in clinical studies and talk with local health systems and universities to learn about their work on Alzheimer’s.
  10. Host or attend a workshop or forum and learn about dementia or Alzheimer’s.

More tips from ACT on Alzheimer's® (PDF)

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Are you or your congregation interested in being part of this project? Fill out our interest form.

Dementia & Alzheimer's disease-related resources for congregations

How you can become a Faith Ambassador

Materials for current Faith Ambassadors

You may also contact us at mcc@mnchurches.org or 612-230-3344.

     
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