Dementia Friendly Communities


Department of Health

Dementia friendly communities can help to support people with dementia to live more independent and fulfilling lives in their own communities. Evidence has shown that appropriate support in the community can reduce the number of people with dementia being admitted to hospital and can delay their entry into care homes. As more Member States look at the costs of caring for people with dementia, there is an opportunity to develop alternative community support, to empower people with dementia to actively participate in society and remain independent for as long as possible -reducing stigma, isolation and fear by increasing community awareness and understanding.

The UK Alzheimer's Society conducted a survey via 'YouGov' that found that less than half of the respondents to the survey thought their area was geared up to help them live well with dementia (42%) and less than half considered themselves a part of the community (47%). Stigma was particularly highlighted by people with dementia and carers. More than half of those surveyed thought that the inclusion of people with dementia in the community was fairly bad or very bad (59%).

We are working to collate and provide evidence-based information and recommendations on promoting, nurturing and sustaining dementia friendly communities. For example, defining what 'good' looks like for a system-wide approach, understanding how good practice is sustained and promoting the various benefits, including economic benefits, for communities of being dementia friendly.’

David Nuttall – Work Package 7 – Dementia Friendly Communities

Deputy Director of Dementia and Disabilities at the UK Department of Health



National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The mission of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens is to advance knowledge and educate students in sciences and arts that will best serve the nation and the community in the twenty-first century.

Department of Health

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) helps people to live better for longer. They lead, shape and fund health and social care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

Alzheimer Europe

Alzheimer Europe is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) aiming to provide a voice to people with dementia and their carers, make dementia a European priority, promote a rights-based approach to dementia, support dementia research and strengthen the European dementia movement.

Bulgarian Society of Dementia (BSD)

We are non-profit non- governmental organisation aimed at improvement of dementia diagnosis, treatment and care in Bulgaria. Our research programs are devoted to the prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and care of neurological disease affecting cognition. We are working closely with universities, university hospitals and other partners.  BSD has the coordination role in the development of the National Dementia Strategy.  We have participated in several international projects on dementia research and care and play a major role in educational programs for professionals involved in dementia care.


David Nuttall

Deputy Director, Dementia and Disabilities

Department of Health, 79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS

Tel: 020 7210 5840




Make it happen

Once the evidence reviews were completed, work packages turned their attention to identifying which best practices to test and in which healthcare settings and geographical locations.  More information will become available here as this work progresses.

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