News Release

Global Leaders Urged To Support Dementia Friendly Communities

Budapest, 21 April 2016

  • International conference of the global federation of Alzheimer associations calls for recognition of the human rights and dignity of people with dementia
  • New reports provide the most comprehensive information on the principles and development of dementia friendly communities to date 
  • More than 100 initiatives in 23 countries are detailed in the reports

Alzheimer’s Disease International has called on global leaders to help create societies where the inclusion of people living with dementia becomes part of everyday life.

‘Dementia Friendly Communities: Key Principles and Global Developments’  were released today at the 31st International Conference of ADI in Budapest, 21 April 2016 on the implementation of dementia friendly communities and the key principles that should underpin them. The reports highlight the message that dementia should be everybody’s business.

ADI Chair Glenn Rees said that the reports explain the concept of just what a dementia friendly community is, the benefits and the resources available to make a community more dementia friendly.  

“The reports showcase more than 100 projects across the world showing the many different ways in which dementia friendly communities can be brought to life.

“Benefits include not only improved access to health and care that are critical to the independence of people with dementia, but also to the everyday things in life such as banks, retail, volunteering, hobbies and leisure activities.

“The outcomes of dementia friendly projects range widely but, but all include greater awareness of dementia, improved access to services and respect for the rights of people with dementia.”

Kate Swaffer, Chair and CEO of Dementia Alliance International, an organisation of people with dementia, said that only by involving people with dementia at the heart of these initiatives, and engaging them fully in the community, will we succeed where previous generations have failed in protecting the rights of people with dementia.

“Across the world the majority of people with dementia live in the community and their quality of life depends on being engaged with the community and having a purpose in life,” Ms. Swaffer said.

In many of these countries the support of government at the national, regional and local level has been critical, following support for the creation of dementia friendly communities from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and G7 countries.

Notes to Editors

‘Dementia Friendly Communities: Key Principles and Global Developments’ will be released on the 21st April 2016 at the 31st International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Budapest, and be available online shortly after, on the ADI website:

About Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI)

ADI is the international federation of more than 80 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