Definition of a Local Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Friendly Community and Dementia Friends
Local Dementia Action Alliance
A Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) brings together regional and local members. These include large and small retailers, care provders, local authorities, hospital trusts, emergency services, faith groups, financial and professional services, charities, transport operators and the local branches of national members. They also involve people with dementia and their carers.
Each LDAA is as unique as the community in which it is create. They meet regularly and initially focus on general awareness-raising, campaigns like Dementia Friends, and partnership working in their specific area. They are recommended vehicles for developing dementia-friendly communities and are expected to sign up to the recognition process.
Dementia Friendly Community
The Dementia Friendly Communities programme focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.
A dementia-friendly community is one in which people with dementia are empowered to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them.
The programme aims to give public recognition and support to villages, towns, cities and national organisations who are taking steps towards being more inclusive of people with dementia.
People with dementia sometimes need a helping hand to go about their daily lives and feel included in their local community. Dementia Friends aims to give one million people an understanding of dementia and the small things that they can do that could make a difference to people living with dementia. From helping someone to find the right bus to spreading the word about dementia on social media, every action counts.
Dementia Friends is a national initiative that is being run by Alzheimer's Society. It's funded by the Department of Health for England and Cabinet Office and aims to improve people's understanding of dementia and its effects. Alzheimer's Society is working with volunteers and other organisations to achieve this goal. Together, we can create dementia friendly communities.