CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s: Dementia Friends in Cambridge

The CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s Survey Team

In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, this month’s article will highlight a new program called Dementia Friends.

Dementia Friends is a program focused on the small things anyone can do to make a difference for someone with dementia. A one-hour informational session brings community members of all ages together to learn a bit about dementia and the ways to connect with and help a person with dementia. After the session, community members turn what they’ve learned into action. Dementia Friends began in the United Kingdom and is being replicated in Minnesota.  ACT-Horiz-Cambridge (3)

This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in your community. Help make Cambridge a Dementia-Friendly Community. Become a Dementia Friend. CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s team is looking for volunteers to become Dementia Friends.

A Dementia Friend is someone who attends a free one-hour information session to learn a bit about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that learning into action. Each friend chooses what action they will take.

Help make Cambridge a Dementia-Friendly Community. Sign up to become a Dementia Friend. You will learn a bit about dementia, and then use what you’ve learned to make a difference for someone living with dementia. No prior experience or dementia expertise is needed. This program is offered through the CambridgeAct on Alzheimer’s. This is the first training session of regularly scheduled sessions.

Questions and to register contact Jayne Mund via email at [email protected] or call 763-552-3255.

A Dementia Friends session is scheduled from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at GracePointe Crossing Heritage Center, 322 River Hills Place North, Cambridge.

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.” ~George Elliot

For more information about the CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s call Julie Tooker at 763-691-6192.

For information about local resources to assist you in caring for yourself while you are caring for another person contact Jayne Mund at 763-552-3255.

Your input and assistance is valuable. Let’s ACT together to create and sustain a dementia friendly community. There is Hope. There is Help.