Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is state-wide, grassroots movement comprised of organizations, individuals, and municipalities growing dementia friendly communities to become more inclusive and supportive of those living with dementia, their families, and care partners. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a member of Dementia Friendly America and is generously supported by
Register Now for the next Idea Exchanges!
Barnstable, Thursday, April 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 at Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis, MA Register Here
Spencer, Friday, April 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 at Spencer Senior Center, 68 Maple Street, Spencer, MA Register Here
Springfield, Tuesday, April 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA Register Here
Great Barrington, April 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 at Great Barrington Senior Center, 917 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA Register Here
Framingham, Friday, April 26 from 1:30 to 3:30 at Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA Register Here
What is an Idea Exchange?
Idea Exchanges are quarterly, regional meetings held in all nook, corners and crannies of the state.
They are 2 hour long meetings held with three specific purposes in mind:
- To provide a networking opportunity for people in that given area to come together to learn about DFM in general and to build their DF network.
- To provide direct technical assistance in the form of Q and A and group discussion.
- To delve into a challenging topic that has been identified by the group at a prior meeting.
Handouts from the Fall 2018 Idea Exchanges
How to Get Involved
DFM Quarterly Newsletter – The Connection
Training and Support
Please find below a recording of a local cable interview with Beth Soltzberg. Many of you know Beth from her outstanding work with Dementia Friends/Champions and Memory Cafes. In this 30 minute interview, she answers some basic questions and describes the work of DFM.
Feel free to distribute this video. While too long for a training, it would be a good video to pass along to members of a DF Advisory Council, a family member who needs to learn more about dementia or anyone else who could benefit from developing a better understanding of the disease and the Dementia Friendly Massachusetts initiative.
60 Minutes Reports on The Progression of Alzheimer’s https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alzheimers-disease-following-a-couple-from-diagnosis-to-the-final-stages/
Local News – South Shore: http://www.heraldnews.com/news/20180406/ma-raffas-catering-to-diners-with-alzheimers-autism
Dementia Friendly America Resources
Tools and Resources
Dementia Friends Photos (word doc)
Best Practices Tools – Minnesota’s Dementia Friendly initiative, ACT on Alzheimer’s
- ACT Best Practice Tools – all in the public domain. Free for your use and adaptations.
- Video Tutorials
- Webinars and Trainings
- Recent Dementia Summit
- ACT Health Care Leadership Summit
- CASE STUDY EXCERPT better together
- Memory Café Toolkit (English): www.jfcsboston.org/MemoryCafeToolkit
- Guia para Cafés de Memoria (Spanish): www.jfcsboston.org/GuiaCafeDeMemoria
- Ve un video en español con información básica y consejos de los líderes del primer café hispanohablante de Massachusetts (25 minutos): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn3-l0xjpFE
Facts and Figures
- Community Transit Grant Program – MassDOT’s annual competitive funding opportunity for vehicles, operating expenses, and mobility management projects to improve mobility for older adults and people with disabilities in Massachusetts – opens May 14 (due June 11). Contact Alex Cox if you are a new applicant and did not attend a training session.
- AARP Community Challenge grants supporting age-friendly communities – due May 16
- Helping Hand Mini Grant – small grants to update or enhance transit services in rural and small urban areas – due May 18
Getting Ready to Innovate – six-month grants from the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center to foster innovations that will improve mobility for older adults and people with disabilities – due May 31
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research and Participant Opportunities
Meeting Summaries and Documents
Always a Dancer (2.5 minutes)
Let’s Talk (2.4 minutes)
Profiles in Dementia: Michael Belleville’s Journey
NOTE: The material in this archive section was created in Dementia Friendly Massachusetts’ first 18 months and has outdated information. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is now operated out of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA). Contact information for DFM’s Project Manager, Patty Sullivan, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Creating Welcoming Communities symposium, 11/9/17
- Symposium overview slides summary of discussion
- IDD and Dementia, from Access, Equity Cultural Inclusion panel
- Arts Social Engagment panel slides
- Assistive Tech and Environmental Design panel slides
- Success in New Sectors panel slides
- Where to Start – Beginning the Age- and Dementia Friendly Journey panel slides
- Youth Engagement panel slides
- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Leadership Summit – Summary Report – 5.31.2016
- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative – Statement of Values
- Video produced by the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota that in 7 minutes illustrates the power and potential of the dementia friendly community movement: Dementia Friendly Minnesota – Alzheimer’s Association Purple Gala 2016.
- Report from AARP and Dementia Friendly America on integrating age friendly and dementia friendly initiatives
- Dementia Friendly America Toolkit
- Dementia Friendly America Sector Guides
- Community News
- Making Quincy Dementia Friendly
Patriot Ledger, September 22, 2017
- Age- and Dementia-Friendly in Cape Ann
Cape Ann TV, July 2017
- Local effort aims to improve care for Alzheimer’s/dementia patients
Gloucester Times, June 1, 2017
- Dementia Friendly Massachusetts supports families living with dementia
Athol Daily News, April 4, 2017
- Multi-generational chorale of the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center
Lower Cape TV, May 2017
- “Local Communities Working to Become Dementia Friendly”
MetroWest Daily News, February 21, 2017
- “Dementia is not the end of a life or a relationship: how we can help the aging members of our family or community,”
The Berkshire Eagle, November 17, 2016
- Making Quincy Dementia Friendly
- The Connection
The quarterly Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative newsletter