Norway - Dementia Friendly Communities

Activity Friends
ALMA's House
Dementia friendly Moss

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Activity Friends

The Norwegian Health Association began developing Activity Friends in 2014 as a befriending service to support people with dementia to continue to participate in activities. Basic training and guidance is given to volunteers who seek to support people with dementia to continue to participate in mutual leisure interests.Twelve regional coordinators were hired to implement the project and support and supervise the volunteers during the four-year project.

ALMA's House

In Oslo, ALMA’s House is a demonstration flat which was launched in 2012 to guide building planners and architects towards what a dementia friendly flat might look like. The 50 square metre flat also features a range of assistive technologies that may be useful for people with dementia.

Dementia friendly Moss

In 2013, the Mayor of Moss, Tage Pettersen, visited North Lanarkshire in Scotland to find out more about how they are becoming dementia friendly. By early 2014, the initiative in Moss has seen staff from around 30 shops in the town educated about dementia and there were plans for the two local football clubs to begin a Football Café. Following his visit to Scotland, Mayor Pettersen hoped to share the information he had learned from his visit with other communities across Norway.