dementia-friendly

   

Vision

Individuals with dementia live as independently as possible and are encouraged and welcomed by everyone to participate in community life.

   

Aging Roadmap Strategy

  • Incorporate dementia-friendly elements into the work done across all 10 areas of the Aging Roadmap.
  • Promote education and awareness of dementia-friendly practices.
  • Collaborate with other organizations and initiatives to create communities, health systems, and services that support people living with dementia and their caregivers.

   

Age Well San Diego

Age Well San Diego is the County of San Diego’s age-friendly initiative and a key program to help implement the Aging Roadmap vision. There are currently five community-led teams working on age-friendly projects, including a team working on Age Well Dementia-Friendly goals. Get involved or learn more about Age Well San Diego.

   

Resources

Dementia-Friendly Activities Toolkit: Families and caregivers play a critical role in helping people with dementia to stay engaged. This toolkit includes activities and resources that support the needs of people living with dementia and make it easier for them to remain engaged in pleasurable and interesting activities. When using this toolkit, remember to be flexible with the activities and adjust as needed. Track what works and doesn’t work to improve your next activity.

   

Dementia Communication Card: Dementia can affect a person’s ability to communicate with others. This can become increasingly challenging and frustrating for the person living with dementia and their caregivers. The Dementia Communication Card is designed to help caregivers facilitate positive and compassionate interactions between the person with dementia and members of the community. For example, during a dental visit a caregiver may wish to hand the card to the dental hygienist. Or, during a trip to a restaurant, the caregiver could hand the card to the server. 

*When folded, each card is the size of a standard business card.

 

Instructions for print and use:

  1. Download the pdf. Note: The document prints four (4) cards.
  2. Print the document on both sides (flip sheets on the long edge), a standard letter sized sheet (8.5 x 11), and with “Actual size” page sizing for best results.
  3. Cut out each card along the dotted lines.
  4. Fold along the center line.
  5. Keep the card handy in your wallet, purse, or pocket. 

   

Click below to learn more about the Aging Roadmap focus areas: