If you can be a friend, you can be a Dementia Friend
When someone you care about has dementia, what they need most of all is a friend.
Living with dementia dramatically changes their life, but they will be affected by more than just the symptoms of the disease. The understanding, care and support they receive from friends or family like you will help them.
They need you to become a Dementia Friend.
You'll learn what it's like to live with dementia, and the simple things you can do to help. Things like:
- speaking slowly and calmly
- maintain eye contact
- asking 'yes' or 'no' questions
- just being patient
When someone you know has dementia, they need you more than ever.
Turn understanding into action today.
Be prepared. Be proactive. Be a friend.
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Terrie Barrette, Daughter to father with dementia
I am a Dementia Friend because this disease took away my Father in 2013 and my Uncle in 2003 and is not done. I can’t help those who passed, but will be there for my brother who’s being tested, and any aged person. It is an unforgiving, selfish disease because there is…
Ida Ryhorchuk, Living with dementia
The way [dementia] changes the way others treat us is what hurts the most for me. I try so hard to accommodate and be so aware of what I do and say now, it takes so much pleasure away from what should be happy times. I have the best times with people I’ve…
CaroNich N’ton, Daughter to mother with dementia
This is a terrific video highlighting some of the signs of dementia. It’s a very scary disease indeed. My mother has dementia and it has been a daunting process for us as her family, and especially for her. Patience. Kindness. Compassion. These are the words that dominate the relationship we share with…
Caitlin Clarke, Granddaughter to Grandpa with dementia
A few years ago, my Grandpa was diagnosed with dementia. While it was a diagnosis that provided a lot of answers to questions we’d had for the past couple of months and even years it still caused me to grieve. I had seen the face of dementia in the pain it had…
Darla Briggs, Carecorp Seniors Services
Spreading awareness through the Dementia Friends initiative is personal to me because my late Grandmother and Great Aunt had dementia. I saw the progression over the years and learned how to best communicate with them throughout the stages of the disease. Dementia Friends, as a workplace tool, helps to remind staff how…
Stephen Rankin, Caregiver for mother and father with dementia
This campaign hit me right in the heart, what a fantastic initiative. My father has dementia and he was diagnosed with vascular dystrophy in 2012. Not only am I invested in this cause, I have been hunting for a way to propel awareness of the disease. I’m motivated to help. This campaign…
Daniela Coelho, Youth caregiver
Dementia Friends Canada is a fantastic opportunity to educate neighbours and people in the community to recognize the signs of dementia so they can help support the person living with this disease. Helping people with dementia whether it be in a grocery store, at the bank or if they’ve wandered outside and…
Michael Duncan, Living with dementia
Erin Crook, Caregiver for grandmother who had dementia
Erin Crook was the full-time caregiver for her grandmother who was living with dementia. She helped her grandmother find a place to live, assisted with long-term hospital visits, and worked hard to support her grandmother’s various symptoms of dementia. Erin recognizes that knowledge is the first step in supporting others affected by…
Susan Fulton, Clinical Leader for Classic LifeCare
The Dementia Friends video and campaign encourages the empathy and humanity required when interacting with people with dementia. “I think this video campaign is wonderful,” says Fulton. “It’s exactly in line with the education we give to our Health Care Workers and nurses. Dementia can affect anyone, not just the elderly, and…
Thank you for doing this — it is SO important — and such a beautiful way to reach members of the public — to help them stop and think of someone they know living with dementia— and to help them to BE THERE for someone…
Chris Nelson, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Social Worker, Group Facilitator, Living with dementia
I believe becoming a dementia friend will help empower people with dementia. We will be more confident and independent in our daily lives. For example, in order to take part in a fitness class, when I told the instructor I had dementia, she moved me to the front of the class. This…
Carol Morissette, Caregiver of husband with dementia
Late last summer we decided that the parging on our house and a few bricks needed some repair and replacements. When the contractor came to give us a quote and explain the process, my husband, Mike had many questions and comments. Mike was diagnosed with early on set Alzheimer’s in September of…