Spokane Area Dementia Friendly Community

Spokane is an official member of the Dementia Friendly America community!

Aging & Long Term Care has partnered with the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and Providence Health & Services (including Providence ElderPlace Adult Day Health, Providence Holy Family Hospital, and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center) to become a member of the Dementia Friendly America (DFA) network. Additional community partners and family care partners supporting people living with dementia (PLWD) strengthen this community-based effort.

A dementia friendly community is a town, city, or county that is respectful toward and informed about individuals with the disease, their families, and their caregivers, and offers support that fosters quality of life. Joining DFA means a community is engaging in a process to become more dementia friendly.

It is predicted that the number of Washingtonians living with dementia will continue to increase. Our community needs to collaborate to make our city a better place for people living with dementia.

Current Work

The Spokane Area Dementia Friendly Community (DFC) conducted a Dementia Community Needs Assessment survey last autumn. The goal of this survey was to analyze Spokane County’s needs when it comes to improving the lives of people living with dementia and their care partners, determine the issues stakeholders are motivated to act on, then set community goals. To learn more about our findings from this survey, please watch the video below or read the executive summary.

Following the survey in April 2021, the Spokane Area DFC brought these results in detail to community stakeholders via an online community forum. Here individuals discussed the top three priority areas that arose through the survey. The team will use this information to create a community action plan.

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Want to help champion the Spokane Area Dementia Friendly movement?

Please email us at dementia@altcew.org or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We will connect you to the right people!