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 PLWD 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!

Now that we have completed this survey, we are hoping to bring the results in greater detail to community stakeholders such as yourself. In late April, we will be hosting two online events to discuss survey results and invite the community to discuss the top three priority areas that arose through the survey. Please join us at one of these upcoming virtual events, your input is greatly valued! To read through the survey results executive summary, click here.

For more information on these events, please take a look at our event calendar and select the date that works best for you.

  • To register for the event on April 21, 3 – 4:30 PM, click here: Registration Link
  • To register for the event on April 22, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, click here: Registration Link

Dementia Resources:

Want to help champion the Spokane Area Dementia Friendly movement?

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