About Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids


We are committed to creating aware and supportive ‘Dementia Friends’ throughout all sectors of our community so that people living with dementia can comfortably navigate daily life.


Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids got it’s start as a group of professionals that were convened by a community member to address a problem – the problem that the public was not connected with the myriad of resources available to help a person with dementia and his/her caregivers. After meeting informally for several years,  the group made a commitment in 2014  to making Grand Rapids the first dementia friendly community in Michigan, and is garnering the support and partnerships needed to make it happen.


In the spring of 2017 Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids began providing the Dementia Friend sessions through a sub-licensing agreement with Dementia Friends USA.  As the state entity for spreading Dementia Friends throughout Michigan, we are currently planning to include up to (4) four new pilot communities in 2018.  If you are interested in bringing Dementia Friends to your community, join us by registering for an informational session on February 8, 2018.


Join us and become a Dementia Friend.  Learn the basics about dementia and what you can do to make our community a safe, respectful, and engaging place to be for people with dementia.