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Become Dementia Friendly

You don’t have to be a dementia expert to be dementia friendly.  In the community, a Dementia Friend recognizes that anyone and everyone could have dementia.  Attend a Dementia Friend session and learn how you can respectfully provide support to people with dementia.

FOR INDIVIDUAL/ COMMUNITY MEMBERS:  register for an upcoming Dementia Friend sessions

COST:  $5.00 suggested donation for sessions hosted at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan


FOR GROUPS:   Request a Dementia Friends training for a company or organization. 

Dementia Friendly Grand Rapids offers workshops to local businesses, clubs, organizations, or groups to teach people about dementia, how to recognize it, how to communicate with somebody who has it, and how to help.

COST:   $5.00 suggested donation for open/public sessions held at your site

$20.00 per person cost for private/closed sessions held at your site for only your staff



Dementia Friends workshops are offered by trained ‘Dementia Champion’ volunteers and are one hour long.

The content covered includes:

1) What is dementia? 2) How can you recognize the signs of dementia? 3) How should you communicate with someone with memory loss? 4) What helpful resources are available? 5) What actions can I take to support people with dementia at work, in my neighborhood and/or in my family?