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Become a Dementia Friend

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A Dementia Friend learns about dementia and then turns that understanding into action. We all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities!

Two Ways to Become a Dementia Friend

Sign up online. In only takes a few minutes but will make a world of difference for people with dementia in your community.

Have all New Employees Become a Dementia Friend

Consider including the Dementia Friends online sign-up as part of onboarding for all new employees. Here is a template which could be used to explain the process.

Participate in an in-person or virtual presentation provided by a Dementia Champion. One is given virtually each month by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Contact Susan Frick at for details.

Have a group that is interested in Dementia Friends?

Groups could include; book clubs, service organizations, work groups, and church groups, just to name a few. Any group could learn about the Dementia Friends program.

Email Susan Frick and we will connect you with a Dementia Champion who could give a talk for your group.

Share the News

Once you have become a Dementia Friend, share the news with others. Post on social media and encourage others to become a Friend.

It will take all of us in Illinois to work together to make our communities supportive of those living with dementia.