Alzheimer's Speaks

Dementia Friendly Communities & Businesses

Supporting Individuals & Families Dealing with Dementia

Removing Stigma by Changing Hearts and Minds One Person at a Time

Building Dementia Friendly Communities and Businesses is a growing movement and is of critical importance. Our founder Lori La Bey made a pitch to The Lutheran Home Association to launch the first Dementia Friendly Community in the United States, which they did in 2013. She is also a founding member of the Roseville Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Action Team which is a very active group in Minnesota who is also working internationally on airport travel.

Most people don't realize that every 3 seconds someone in the world is getting diagnosed with a form of dementia. Yet, we know these numbers are low as many people fear the stigma associated with a diagnosis. We are also seeing more people at younger ages like 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's getting diagnosed with various forms of dementia. The actual number of people effected by a diagnosis is substantially larger given the ripple effect through families, circles of friends, coworkers, groups, and our communities at large. There is no better time then the present to address this issue and to shift dementia care from crisis to comfort.

Hear From Families About the Importance of
Dementia Friendly Communities

Here Are The Four Dementia Friendly Categories

It's time for individuals, communities, and businesses to acknowledge the needs and develop support services for those dealing with dementia. By being collaborative within our communities, as well as globally, we can meet more needs at a faster pace.

Videos on Becoming Dementia Friendly:

Dementia Friendly Campaign – Introduction

What Is Dementia & Who Gets It?

 What Is It Like to Have Dementia?

How Can You Better Serve?

How Are Care Partners Effected?

How Can Your Organization Help?

Why It’s Important

Alzheimer’s Speaks Unique Approach

The Passion Behind the Program

Do You Want Your Department, Business, Organization, or Community Become Dementia Friendly?

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Let's Change The World Together

Alzheimer's Speaks believes collaboration is the key to living a successful and purpose filled life with dementia. By working together, we can push both conventional and alternative efforts forward in search of answers. By joining forces and sharing knowledge, we can win the battle against dementia. Check out our videos on becoming Dementia Friendly and our Dementia Star™ Program.

The Dementia Star™ Program is part of our initiative to help you create or expand your Dementia Friendly Business or Community. We pride ourselves on tapping into our creativity and resources to customize the program to fit your needs, while being fun and easily implementable. Hear from city officials below why they feel becoming Dementia Friendly is important.

Hear Why City Officials Are Getting Involved &
Supporting Dementia Friendly Movements

Roseville, MN City Manager

Roseville, MN Police Department

Shoreview, MN Library

Roseville, MN Area Senior Program

Roseville, MN Fire Department, 

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The Global Purple Angel Project was started by Norms McNamara, a man living with dementia in Torquay in the Untied Kingdom. The symbol has embraced by individuals and organizations around the world spreading dementia awareness.

The Purple Angel symbolizes a guardian over those living with a form of dementia, their families and friends, and those advocating for change.

Wonderful Resources!

Recognitions and Awards

Lori La Bey is a change agent shifting dementia care around the world. Just ask Oprah, Maria Shriver, Sharecare, AARP MN, or The National Institute for Dementia Education who have recognized her cutting-edge approach to shift global dementia care. Lori's own mother lived with dementia for thirty years, so you can be comforted knowing she truly understands the needs of those diagnosed, their families, and professionals who care for them.

Oprah Winfrey

Lori La Bey named "Health Hero & Alzheimer's Empath" by O Magzine.

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Maria Shriver

Lori La Bey named "Architect of Change fro Humanity" by Maria Shriver.

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Lori La Bey named "#1 Influencer Online for Alzheimer's Disease" by Sharecare.

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Lori La Bey named "50 Over 50" in the category of "Disruptor & Inspiring Leader" by AARP MN and Pollen.

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Lori La Bey Awarded the "Seal of Excellence" by the National Institute for Dementia Education

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