How to make your community dementia friendly

You can be part of making your community safe and respectful for persons with dementia. There are many ways to get involved.

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts is a grassroots movement to make our state “dementia friendly." In dementia friendly communities, people with dementia feel safe and supported. There are many ways you can help.

Watch these brief videos

  • View our introductory video: Always a Dancer (2.5 minutes).
  • View the video, Let’s Talk (2.4 minutes) and share it widely to help spread information about dementia throughout our Black American communities.
  • Watch these videos to see what “dementia friendly” could look like in your community.

Join our mailing list

Join our mailing list to receive quarterly emails about dementia friendly activities across our state.

Help your neighorhood's businesses become dementia friendly

  • Order and distribute our neighborhood business packets to help your community's businesses become dementia friendly. To learn more, contact Maura Moxley at
  • Host training on how to be a dementia friendly business and receive Dementia Friendly Business window stickers. For more information, contact Maura Moxley at, or call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900. 

Visit, promote, or start a memory café

Memory cafés welcome people with dementia, their families, and friends. They're in a variety of places including coffeehouses, museums, or community organizations: 

Join others in your community

Share ideas and join others to make your community dementia friendly. To learn how, contact Pam MacLeod at or (617) 222-7435.

Learn more about dementia and spread awareness

  • Raise awareness of dementia and connect people in your community to programs and services. Contact Maura Moxley at  for information.