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Directs you to guidance on integrating age- and dementia friendly work in your community.

Table of Contents

1. Access, Equity, and Cultural Inclusion

2. Outdoor Spaces and Buildings

3. Housing

4. Social Inclusion and Participation

General Guidance

(AF)* AARP - Social Participation - Best Practices & Examples 

(AF) AARP - Respect and Social Inclusion - Best Practices & Examples

(AF) AARP - Communication & Information - Best Practices & Examples

(AF) Frameworks Communication Toolkit 

(DF)* Dementia Friends Massachusetts

(DF) DFA - Neighbors & Community Members Sector Guide

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Engaging People with Dementia

(DF) DFA Video – Dementia Friendly in Your Community 

(DF) Alzheimer’s Society UK – Uniting Care Home and Communities

(DF) MA Memory Café Toolkit in English and Spanish 

(DF) Memory Café Roles for People Living with Dementia

(DF) MA Memory Café Directory

(DF) DFA Video – Restaurants 


(AF) 10 Ways to Make Your Library Age-Friendly

(DF) DFA - Libraries Sector Guide

(DF) DFA Video – Library  

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Libraries

Intergenerational Activity

(AF) Age-Friendly Universities 

(AF) Lasell College-Age-Friendly University Initiative

(DF) Purple Orchards - Dementia Friendly High School Students

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Youth

(DF) Assabet Valley's Dementia Friendly High School

Information for Faith Communities

(DF) DFA - Faith Communities Sector Guide

(DF) DFA Video – Faith Communities 

(DF) Dementia Friendly Massachusetts - Guide for Faith Communities

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Faith Communities

 Arts & Cultural Activity

(AF&DF) Arts Council England - Guidance on Age & Dementia Friendly Arts & Cultural Activities 

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Arts & Cultural Activities

(DF) Alzheimer's Society UK - Dementia Friendly Arts Guide 

(DF) Giving Voice Initiative - How to Create a Chorus for People Living with Dementia

Wellness & Physical Activity 

(AF) National Council on Aging - Exercise Programs That Promote Senior Fitness

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Physical Activity

(DF) Dementia Friendly Sport and Physical Activity Guide 

(DF) Dementia Friendly Recreation Services

(AF & DF) Six Dimensions of Wellness

(AF)* = Age-Friendly  (DF)* = Dementia Friendly 

5. Transportation

6. Civic Participation and Employment

7. Communication and Technology

8. Services (Business, Health and Community)

Business (Customer Service & Experience)

(AF & DF) City of Boston - Checklist for Businesses

(AF)* New York City - Age-Friendly Business Guide & Checklist

(AF) Salem, MA - Age-Friendly Business Guidance & Checklist

(AF) Evanston, IL - Age-Friendly Business Guidance & Checklist

(AF) AARP - Age-Friendly Business Day, Portland, Oregon 

(DF) Business Interest Checklist, Worcester, MA

(DF) DFA 's Resource List - Business

(DF) DFA - Business Sector Guide 

(DF) Alzheimer’s Australia – Dementia Friendly Business Toolkit 

(DF) Alzheimer's Society UK - Dementia Friendly Business Guide

(DF) DFA's Dementia Friendly@Work training

(DF) Alzheimer's Association – Sign Up for Free Business Training in Massachusetts

(DF) DFA Video – Bank 

(DF) DFA - Banks & Financial Services Sector Guide

(AF) AARP-BankSafe Safeguards Against Exploitation

(AF & DF) Elder Financial Abuse - Training Video for Bank Tellers

(AF) National Community Reinvestment Coalition - Age-Friendly Banking Toolkit

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Banking and Financial Services

(DF) Alzheimer's Society UK - Dementia Friendly Finance and Insurance Guide

(DF) DFA Video - Retail 

(DF) Alzheimer’s Society UK – Dementia Friendly Retail Guide  

(DF) DFA Video – Pharmacy 

(DF) DFA Video – Restaurant 

(DF) DFA 's Resource List - Business

(DF) Purple Table Reservations

(DF) DFA's Dementia Friendly@Work training

Health and Community Services (Community Strategies)

(AF) AARP - Roadmap to Livability: Health Services and Community Supports Workbook 

(AF) AARP - Community and Health Services - Best Practices and Examples 

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Community Based Services & Supports

(DF) The Role of Senior Centers in Mitigating Dementia

(DF) DFA - Health Care Throughout the Continuum Sector Guide

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Residential & Specialty Care

Health and Community Services (Hospital Strategies)

(AF) Institute for Healthcare Improvement – Age-Friendly Hospitals

(AF) Age-Friendly Health Systems Guide (PDF)

(AF) Connecting Age-Friendly Health Systems to Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities

(AF) Family Caregiver Navigation Toolkit - A Guide for Hospitals

(DF) MA Law - Required Operational Plan in Hospitals around Dementia (ch.220 §8, Acts 2018)

(DF) Guidance for Hospitals on Developing Operational Plan around Dementia   

(DF) Pain Assessment in Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia 

Health and Community Services (Provider Strategies & Tools)

(AF) American Hospital Association – Age-Friendly Health Systems 

(AF) Institute for Healthcare Improvement – Age-Friendly Health Systems 

(AF) Age-Friendly Health Systems Guide (PDF)

(DF) DFA - Provider Practice Tools

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Clinical Tools

(DF) DFA - Provider Training Videos

(DF) MA Law - Sharing Alzheimer’s Diagnosis (ch.220 §5, Acts 2018)

(DF) KAER Toolkit for Detecting Cognitive Impairment & Earlier Diagnosis (PDF)

(DF) Diagnostic and Management Tools

(AF & DF) Massachusetts - Adult Day Health Provider Resources  

Health and Community Services (Legal & Advanced Planning)

 (DF) DFA's Resource List - Legal Resources and Advanced Planning

(AF & DF) Honoring Choices Massachusetts   

Health and Community Services (Consumer Guides)

(AF & DF) Mass Options - Your Link to Community Services in Massachusetts

(AF) AARP – Planning for Long-Term Care   

(AF) AARP – Understanding Long-Term Health Insurance 

(AF) AARP's Top Answers to Senior Housing and Care Questions   

(AF) Massachusetts – Nursing Home Search  

(AF) Massachusetts -- Checklists for deciding on a Nursing Facility  

(AF) Massachusetts – Assisted Living Options and Information 

(AF) Harvard Law School – Planning for Long-Term Care in Massachusetts

(AF) Your Options for Financing Long-Term Care: A Massachusetts Guide 

Health and Community Services (Caregivers)

(DF) Alzheimer's Association - Caregiving

(DF) DFA's Resource List - Caregivers & Caregiving

(DF) Alzheimer's Los Angeles - Caregiver Tip Sheets

(DF) Alzheimer's Los Angeles - Caregiver Tip Video Series

(AF) AARP - Prepare to Care: A Resource Guide for Families 

(AF) AARP - Resources for Family Caregivers

(DF & AF) Mass Options – Caregiver Support  

(AF) = Age-Friendly  (DF) = Dementia Friendly  

9. Public Safety

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