Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things you can do to make a difference for those affected by it. Please join us!

The Dementia Friends Indiana Initiative was adopted in 2017 as part of a global movement to break down the stigma surrounding dementia and implement practical changes that can make life easier for those with dementia and for their loved ones. First administered by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, Indiana became the 10th Dementia Friendly state in the Country.

SWIRCA & More is proud to join this growing movement by bringing this vital initiative to Southwestern Indiana. SWIRCA & More is dedicated to helping those in our community living with dementia and their caregivers to get the support they need. Please join the movement today and make a big difference in the lives of so many in our community.

How can I become a Dementia Friend?


You can become a Dementia Friend by either attending a one-hour workshop or by watching a short online video.

Workshop

In the workshop, a Dementia Friends Champion will lead a discussion about what dementia is, what it's like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with those who have it. Attendees are then asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone in the community. The action you choose to take can be big or small-every action counts!

Online

You also can become a Dementia Friend by watching a short video at https://www.dementiafriendsindiana.org/become-a-friend/watch-video/. An overview video will provide information about dementia, how to recognize its signs, and simple actions you can take to become a Dementia Friend. You will be asked to download a session workbook to help follow along with the video. After the video has concluded, you will be prompted to complete an evaluation form.

Remember...

  • You don't have to be a dementia expert to be a Dementia Friend
  • You don't have to know someone with dementia
  • After completing the training, you decide what your next steps will be.


Be an Indiana Dementia Friend! A little support can make a big difference in their lives.

The Dementia Friends Workshop Sessions are all currently virtual!

Please visit https://www.dementiafriendsindiana.org/events-calendar/ to register for one of the virtual sessions listed below as these are lead by SWIRCA & More!

Upcoming Virtual Workshop Sessions

  • June 8, 2020 | 1pm – 2pm
  • June 19, 2020 | 10am – 11am
  • July 13, 2020 | 1pm – 2pm

For more information on the Dementia Friends Movement, please visit Dementia Friends USA at https://dementiafriendsusa.org/

For more information how you can become a Dementia Friend in Indiana, please contact Linda Wright, SWIRCA & More at 812-492-7443 or lwright@swirca.org