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Dementia Friendly Society
Elderly with Dementia Guardian Angel Project

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Dementia Friendly Society

TADA (Taiwan Alzheimer’s Disease Association) is working to create a Dementia Friendly Society through a number of partnerships and a series of dementia friendly programmes. In 2010, they launched the initiative and have since been educating a number of groups, including school children and the police, about dementia. The Dementia Friendly Store project was launched in 2013, encouraging shop owners to become more dementia friendly by making prior arrangements with families to enable people with dementia to continue to use their services. Advance payment for products the person with dementia may come in for is arranged and any unwanted items picked up can be returned. Shop owners also commit to ensuring the person with dementia is safe and the family are contacted when they visit the shop. All shops participating in the project are given a window sticker to display.

In 2014, the Dementia Friendly Clinic initiative was introduced and, to date, more than 300 clinics have signed up. TADA’s Family of Wisdom, a day facility which provides a safe and meaningful environment for people with dementia and carers, has also adopted more dementia friendly work by inviting elementary school children to attend, enabling the sharing of social activities across generations. The latest additions to the Dementia Friendly Society campaign are Dementia Friendly Church and Dementia Friendly Organization. The decision taken by TADA to develop separate projects for each sector was consciously made to enable groups, service providers or organisations to have their own dementia friendly title, which was believed to be more appealing than an umbrella term.

Elderly with Dementia Guardian Angel Project

The government of the County of Miaoli are supporting the development of dementia friendly communities in the area with local adoption of TADA’s Dementia Friendly Organization and Dementia Friendly Clinic programmes. In addition, the Elderly with Dementia Guardian Angel Project in being run locally to educate the public about dementia and inform members of the community about how they can become a Guardian Angel. The project aims to keep people with dementia at home and active in the community for as long as possible.