Dementia Friends

Dedicated Help for Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers

What We Do:

The Dementia Friends Indiana Initiative was adopted in 2017 as part of a global movement to break down the stigma surrounding dementia and implement practical changes that can make life easier for those with dementia and for their loved ones. First administered by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, Indiana became the 10th Dementia Friendly state in the Country. Thrive’s Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled is proud to join this growing movement by bringing this vital initiative to West Central Indiana. Our organization is dedicated to helping those in our community living with dementia and their caregivers to get the support they need. Please join the movement today and make a big difference in the lives of so many in our community

How can I become a Dementia Friend?

You can become a Dementia Friend by either attending a one-hour workshop or by watching a short online video.


In the workshop, a Dementia Friends Champion will lead a discussion about what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease, and some tips for communicating with those who have it. Attendees are then asked to turn their new understanding of dementia into a practical action that can help someone in the community. The action you choose to take can be big or small-every action counts!


You also can become a Dementia Friend by watching a short video. An overview video will provide information about dementia, how to recognize its signs, and simple actions you can take to become a Dementia Friend. You will be asked to download a session workbook to help follow along with the video. After the video has concluded, you will be prompted to complete an evaluation form.


  • You don’t have to be a dementia expert to be a Dementia Friend.

  • You don’t have to know someone with dementia.

  • After completing the training, you decide what your next steps will be.

Be an Indiana Dementia Friend! A little support can make a big difference in their lives.

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Promised Growth.

Dedicated Quality of Life.

Dedicated Care.