Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

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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

We are launching quarterly, in-person, regional meetings to better support communities in sharing lessons learned, challenges, opportunities, and resources found along the road to becoming dementia friendly.  New and familiar faces will join to launch an exciting and invigorating 2018 Dementia Friendly Massachusetts.  Let’s invite friends, family, and colleagues to explore how they might also get involved!

Upcoming Meetings

Join Us!

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.

Sign the DFM Pledge

DFM Pledge (word doc)

Learn More

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Introduction Flyer

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Introduction Flyer Spanish

How to Get Involved

How to Make Your Community Dementia Friendly

How to Become a Dementia Friendly Faith Community

Memory Cafe Flyer

Dementia Friends Massachusetts Flyer

DFM Quarterly Newsletter – The Connection

June 2018

March 2018

Training and Support

EOEA offerings for people living with demenia


Breaking News – Baker Administration Adds Age- and Dementia Friendly Best Practices to Community Compact Program

60 Minutes Reports on The Progression of Alzheimer’s

Local News – South Shore:

JF&CS Percolater Memory Café Network Wins Award

Dementia Friendly America Resources

Dementia Friendly America Newsletter

Dementia Friendly America Toolkit

Dementia Friendly America Sector Guides

Tools and Resources

Community Sectors

Dementia Friends Photos (word doc)

Best Practices Tools – Minnesota’s Dementia Friendly initiative, ACT on Alzheimer’s

Memory Cafés

Facts and Figures

Alz Association Facts and Figures

Funding Opportunities

  • 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

Dementia Friendly and Age Friendly Capacity Building Grants


Memory Sunday – Dorchester

The Power of Nature: Spring 2018 Caregiver Training – Lexington

First Responder Training: Understand, Approach & Respond: Effective Interventions with Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias – Gloucester

A Map Through the Maze – Wednesday, May 23, 2018, DCU Center Worcester

Events on the Cape – Teepa Snow

Save the Date -Teepa Snow

Dementia Training for Social Workers

Opening Minds through Art

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research and Participant Opportunities


Meeting Summaries and Documents

2nd DFM Regional Meetings – Materials and Summary

1st DFM Regional Meetings – Materials and Summary


Always a Dancer (2.5 minutes)

Let’s Talk (2.4 minutes)

Dementia Friends

Profiles in Dementia: Michael Belleville 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

  1. Creating Welcoming Communities symposium, 11/9/17
    1. Symposium overview slides summary of discussion
    2. IDD and Dementia, from Access, Equity Cultural Inclusion panel
    3. Arts Social Engagment panel slides
    4. Assistive Tech and Environmental Design panel slides
    5. Success in New Sectors panel slides
    6. Where to Start – Beginning the Age- and Dementia Friendly Journey panel slides
    7. Youth Engagement panel slides
  2. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Leadership Summit – Summary Report – 5.31.2016
  3. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative – Statement of Values
  4. 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.
  5. Report from AARP and Dementia Friendly America on integrating age friendly and dementia friendly initiatives
  6. Dementia Friendly America Toolkit
  7. Dementia Friendly America Sector Guides
  8. Community News
    1. Making Quincy Dementia Friendly
      Patriot Ledger, September 22, 2017
    2. Age- and Dementia-Friendly in Cape Ann
      Cape Ann TV, July 2017
    3. Local effort aims to improve care for Alzheimer’s/dementia patients
      Gloucester Times, June 1, 2017
    4. Dementia Friendly Massachusetts supports families living with dementia
      Athol Daily News, April 4, 2017
    5. Multi-generational chorale of the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center
      Lower Cape TV, May 2017
    6. “Local Communities Working to Become Dementia Friendly”
      MetroWest Daily News, February 21, 2017
    7. “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
  9. The Connection
    The quarterly Dementia Friendly Massachusetts Initiative newsletter

    1. March 2018
    2. August 2017
    3. May 2017
    4. January 2017
    5. November 2016

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