What is the difference between a Dementia Action Alliance and a Dementia Friendly Community?

'Local Dementia Action Alliances' enable 'Dementia Friendly Communities'.

Therefore Local Dementia Action Alliances are about action via member organisations and communities committing to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

A Dementia Friendly Community and being awarded the 'Working to become Dementia Friendly' symbol is about recognition.

The Dementia Friends initiative is a practical example of raising awareness of dementia.  It is a good starting point for individuals, organisations and members of Local Dementia Action Alliances to take part in.

Some analogies

  • Picture Local Dementia Action Alliances as a vehicle, with as many passengers on board.  The passengers are organisations who have committed to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. The destination is becoming a dementia friendly community, gaining national recognition for work achieved.
  • Think of a Local Dementia Action Alliance as a leading university in the field of dementia, with many organisations enrolling to be educated about dementia to improve the lives of people living with this condition and their carers. Being awarded the 'Working to become Dementia Friendly' symbol is like the degree in becoming a dementia friendly community.

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