How can we make our cities dementia friendly?

Janet Dean
3rd Sep 2015

Dementia Friendly Cities have been defined as places ‘where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life.

In a DFC people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives’ (Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Action Alliance, 2013).

The concept developed from the more mature ‘age-friendly’ movement, which is supported by the World Health Organization.

York and Bradford – two very different Yorkshire cities – are among those leading the field. This paper contributes to the emerging evidence base by drawing out the key messages from independent evaluations of their DFC programmes.



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