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Alzheimer's Disease International Launch Global Dementia Friendly Communities Guide

London, 16 March 2015

New booklet highlights the seismic impact of efforts to make global communities more inclusive for people living with dementia

'Dementia Friendly Communities (DFCs): New domains and global examples', released today, documents DFC schemes from all over the world, demonstrating the potential these programmes have to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) is launching the booklet in conjunction with the first World Health Organisation (WHO) Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia, to be held in Geneva from 16-17 March 2015. Over the two days, ministers from around the world, as well as experts from the research, clinical and NGO communities, will come together in Geneva for the first time to discuss the global problems posed by dementia.

Many high income countries, such as the UK, Belgium and Japan, have already established highly successful DFC programmes. In light of dementia shifting prevalence to low and middle income countries, ADI are urging policy makers in these regions to integrate DFCs into their commitments for action on dementia. ADI estimates that by 2050, 135 million people around the world will have dementia, with 71% living in low and middle income countries.

The publication reports on DFC projects from countries and regions across the world, highlighting six key areas of community planning which should be the focus of DFCs:

  1. Public awareness and information access
  2. Planning processes
  3. The physical environment
  4. Access and consideration for dementia among local businesses and public services
  5. Community-based innovation services through local action
  6. Access to transportation

Marc Wortmann, Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Disease International, commented: “The success of the DFC initiatives highlighted in this booklet demonstrate their potential as a high impact, low cost measure to help improve the lives of people with dementia. These programmes not only benefit people living with dementia, but also help to empower all members of the community. We’re calling on policy makers to consider the effectiveness of the examples supplied in the DFC booklet and discuss how DFC schemes could help people affected by dementia in their countries.”


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About Alzheimer’s Disease International

ADI is the international federation of 84 Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. ADI's vision is an improved quality of life for people with dementia and their families throughout the world. ADI believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of global solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia and campaign for policy change from governments. For more information, visit