Join a growing movement of people like you who are helping fellow community members living with dementia. A little support can make a big difference in their lives. Be a Dementia Friend!

Age-Friendly Honolulu is launching the Dementia Friends Hawaii initiative. This initiative will be a partnership between Age-Friendly Honolulu, the Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative at UH, and the State Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias taskforce.

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in Hawaii and across the United States. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects families, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia. Visit: www.dementiafriendsusa.org for more information.

The concept is simple, Dementia Friends Champions are trained to hold one-hour information sessions in the community. During these info sessions, attendees learn the basics of dementia and then pledge to do something to help persons with dementia in the community.

This is an exciting opportunity for AFH and to involve the other domains because of its potential to reach first responders, the faith-based community, bus drivers, bank tellers, flight attendants, grocery store clerks, and more and have them become more “dementia-friendly” or supportive of persons with dementia in Honolulu.

For questions, to become a Dementia Friends Champion, or become a Dementia Friend, please contact Jody Mishan at jmishan@hawaii.rr.com