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Montgomery County's Dementia Friendly Initiative

logo and text of dementia friendly americaDementia Friendly America - December 2015, BrightFocus Foundation, a Clarksburg-based Alzheimer’s research nonprofit, welcomed Montgomery County to help create a national network of communities called Dementia Friendly America. Since then, the County has strengthened its efforts – some of these may even become models for other communities. Through a public private partnership, Montgomery County is developing thoughtful initiatives that continue empower the community so caregivers and their families who are experiencing dementia are supported.

Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly America initiative in unison with Age-Friendly Montgomery (pdf) will help to make Montgomery County a wonderfully diverse Community for a Lifetime--a place where all residents can age, thrive to their full potential, and contribute as a powerful resource in making our County a better, stronger, more inclusive community for everyone.

“We want everyone to know that Montgomery County is strengthening the services and empowerment we offer to individuals and families experiencing dementia,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “And, we want to ensure that people in this situation are aware of County supports so they can make use of them.” 


Becoming a Dementia Friend

To become a Dementia Friend, you will watch an overview video that will provide you with information about dementia, how to recognize the signs of dementia and simple actions you can take to be a Dementia Friend and to personally contribute to making your community dementia friendly.

Once you have watched the overview video in its entirety, you will be prompted to select one of seven sector specific video shorts.  In order to complete the Dementia Friends session, you need to watch at least 3 video shorts.  We encourage you to select the sectors that are most relevant to your role in the community.  Once you have viewed the overview and 3 video shorts you will be able to register as a Dementia Friend.

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Dementia Friendly is a Montgomery County priority

The Challenge: Without guidance on how to deal with challenging situations staff often feel awkward when communicating with someone living with Dementia. Every day County residents (and their caregivers) experience unnecessary discomfort when running errands, dining out and attending community events – in these situations community goodwill is diminished.

Thankfully Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly initiative
now provide no-cost short trainings 

The Solution: Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly initiative offers FREE in-workplace training for front line staff. The training (30 to 45 minutes) is conducted by specialist speakers who are qualified as Dementia Friends community educators. Through the training, front line staff will gain new skills and resources so they can effectively conduct business. Participating organizations will be publicly acknowledged as a Montgomery County Dementia Friendly Business, receive a certificate and official decal to display.

DFA Training Sign-up Form

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AMERICA - ACTION TEAM

  • Convener: Montgomery County Maryland.
  • Sponsor: Brightfocus Foundation.
  • Public / Private Partner Stakeholders.
  • Family Caregivers.
  • County: States Attorney, Police, Fire and Rescue (Public Safety Team), Minority Health Initiatives, Head of Departments in Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and Aging & Disability Services.
  • Non Profits and Associations: Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Maryland , GROWS (senior services providers), Holy Cross Caregiver Resource Center, Interfaith Network.
  • Business Partners: Continuum of Care Workgroup: representatives of senior residential and care organizations, Beacon Newspaper, Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about Montgomery County’s Dementia Friendly American Initiative
Contact: Lylie Fisher, call: 240.777.3037 or email

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