Together, We Can Make a Difference.
A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support.
Even small changes can help support people living with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected with their community.
Now Offering Virtual Sessions!
For the health and safety of everyone in our communities due to COVID-19, all in-person Become-A-Friend sessions are suspended until further notice.
Learn how you can help your community and your loved ones by becoming a Dementia Friend in a virtual session on Zoom from the comfort of your home.
FRIENDS (in Indiana)
How To Become a Friend
To become a Dementia Friend, you can attend a live, virtual info session led by a Dementia Champion.
Virtual Become A Friend Session – Hosted by SWIRCA & MoreBecome A Friend
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What to expect
Find an event at a time you can attend. After you register, you will receive an email with instructions to access the Zoom meeting, which you can do on any computer, phone or tablet connected to the Internet. A Dementia Champion will host the meeting. The session is interactive, so you can share stories, ask questions, and learn together.
The Dementia Friends Indiana movement seeks to advance education and awareness of dementia, reduce the stigma associated with the disease, and create community environments that are welcoming and conducive for those living with dementia.
From a Friend
“Being involved as a Dementia Friend and Champion comes from a personal place as I have watched family and friends touched by this devastating disease. To be able to reach out to families and friends with my therapy dog Hazel is tremendously rewarding and therapeutic for all.”
-Rosemary Marburger, Dementia Champion
To a Friend
“The Memory Café gives [my husband] J.P. a new place to repeat his one-liners, laugh and interact in a safe, friendly environment. I’m a very social person too, so cutting me off from that is hard. This feeds my soul.”
-Sharon Kleinhelter, spouse and caregiver
From a Friend
“Even though I lived through dementia through the eyes of my BFF, there were still so many enlightening points and helpful hints to help us help them. That is what we can never learn enough of. The greater percentage of all of us will be faced with this situation in our lifetime.”
-Carolyn May, Dementia Friend