Germany - Dementia Friendly Communities

Alzheimer's & You
Better together than alone!
Continue taking part in community life with dementia
Enger Alzheimer's Counselling Service
Konfetti im Kopf
Learning Lab Dementia
Together for a Better Life with Dementia

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Alzheimer's & You

Throughout Germany, a multi-faceted public awareness campaign sponsored by Deutsche Alzheimer Gesellschaft includes resources for carers, such as e-learning courses and other educational opportunities, television spots, posters in public places, empowerment for people with dementia and their carers via meetings and support groups, and a special programme focused on the younger generation called Alzheimer’s & You, comprised of materials for educators and an interactive website for children and teens to learn more about Alzheimer’s.

Better together than alone!

In Lübbecke, Better together than alone! provides support explicitly for those with early-stage dementia.s Leben mit Demenz – Alzheimergesellschaft Kreis Minden host bi-weekly support groups, sports and other activities through specially-trained volunteers. Examples of sporting activities include bike tours and canoe tours for people with dementia.

Continue taking part in community life through dementia

Continue taking part in community life through dementia aims to keep people with dementia in their homes for as long as possible by providing support within the community. Nachbarschaftliche Unterstützung und Zeitvorsorge (NUZ) e.V. oversees this project and organises opportunities for the community to assist people with dementia and their carers. Regular meetings take place with professional service providers and dementia training is offered to volunteers within the community.

Enger Alzheimer’s Counselling Centre

The Enger Alzheimer’s Counselling Centre in Germany is successfully involving many members of the local community, including people with dementia, young people, shopkeepers and the local authority. Run by Generationen Treff Enger, the project provides opportunities for the residents of Enger to take part in shared activities.

Konfetti im Kopf

Launched in 2009, Konfetti im Kopf celebrates the enjoyment of the arts for people with and without dementia. Events and activities around music, theatre, visual art and humour are organised and provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their communities to meet and gain new perspectives through social contact and information. The emphasis of this project is on creating a network of support around people with dementia and building self-esteem.

Learning Lab Dementia

In the city of Arnsberg, a network within the community has been formed to support a better life for the people with dementia who live there. In response to the falling population and rising numbers of older people that has taken place over the past 20 years, the Learning Lab Dementia project was created to bring together professionals and other groups in society including doctors, nurses, schools, and cultural and economic institutions. An independent staff unit was established within the city government to create learning activities for people with dementia and to educate the community about what it is like to live with dementia. Training is provided for a number of service providers including taxi drivers, shop assistants and bank staff. The Academy 6 to 99 is another programme within Arnsberg that encourages intergenerational activities and education.

Together for a Better Life with Dementia

In 2006, Aktion Demenz e.V. was founded in Germany following a workshop on Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Together for a Better Life with Dementia initiative. While, at the time it was launched the term ‘dementia friendly’ had barely been used outside of a small number of countries, the company aimed to act as a network for organisations and partners with the shared ambition of a better life for people with dementia in the community. Between 2008 and 2015, Aktion Demenz e.V. led a funding programme, People with dementia in the community, which supported 78 local dementia friendly initiatives across Germany. Examples of programmes supported include the integration of people with dementia with a Turkish migration background, intergenerational activities and volunteering promotion, and pastoral care for people with dementia as well as the concept of dementia godfathers.